Google Faces Another Antitrust Probe As Canadian Agency Prepares Formal Investigation
Google is facing another competition investigation, according to the Financial Post. The Canadian Competition Bureau has informed Mountain View of its plans to launch a formal investigation of its Canadian operations. It has not yet requested any information or documents from Google but has informed the search giant of its intention to launch a probe.
Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation
DavidGilbert99 writes "Last November Matt Brittin, Google's European chief gave a pretty convincing account of himself as he tried to explain why Google wasn't paying more tax in the UK. All the sales staff were based in Ireland apparently and the UK-based staff were there just to promote the platform for advertisers. Great. Nothing to see here. Move on please. Well, actually there is a little more to the story, as an investigation by Reuters has discovered. There are many sales staff in the UK with titles and responsibilities curiously close to what most people would call sales staff and as a result Mr. Brittin will once again have to face Margaret Hodge and the PAC to explain just what is happening."
Too Little, Too Late? ICOMP, Competitors Prepare To Fight Google's European Antitrust Settlement Offer
The European Commission today asked Google's competitors and others working in the Internet industry in the region for feedback on proposals made by Google to settle its years-long antitrust investigation. Swiftly, ICOMP, one of the chief lobbying organizations fighting against the search giant, has already issued a preliminary response: Google's commitments may be "too little, too late."
Google Fined $189K For ‘one of the biggest data' privacy violations in Germany
Google 1, Germany 0. German regulators were furious when it was found that Google’s street car was unintentionally collecting email, photos, and passwords from its citizens’ unprotected wi-fi networks–something Hamburg-based regulator, Johannes Caspar, called “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known.” Yet, regulators could only muster a financial hand slap of 145 Euros, or about 0.005% of the search giant’s annual profits. Regulators couldn’t find any “criminal” violations for the data-stealing misstep, and German law has a maximum ceiling of 150 Euros for privacy law negligence, according to Bloomberg. Between 2008-2010, Google’s street car, which photographs and maps cities with a 360 degree camera, had connected to home wifi networks and stole valuable data. Google chief privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, claims it was unaware of the breach and did not use the sensitive information. Of course, not everyone in the Eastern Hemisphere has privacy ...
Gmail, Google Drive And Docs Currently Experiencing Partial Outage
A number of users and Google now report that Gmail for Google Apps, as well as Google Drive, Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and the Admin control panel/API are currently experiencing service disruption or outage issues for some users. Others appear to be unaffected by the outage, and it’s unclear what the exact cause is yet. In addition to the services mentioned above, Google Chat via third-party apps and Google Analytics also appear to be affected, according to user reports. Google has responded with the following comment about the outage and its efforts to restore service for those affected: We are currently investigating issues with Gmail, Drive and Docs as well as the Google Apps Control Panel. We are providing more information and frequent updates through our Google Apps Status Dashboard, which you can find here http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status&ts=1366206964509. We will post the root cause of the issue there when our teams have completed their investigation. ...