Thursday, June 23, 2011

U.S. investigating whether Google is abusing its dominant position

The Federal Trade Commission U.S. prepares an investigation to establish whether the company has abused or not its dominant position on the web. The five members of the antitrust commission to prepare to send Google a formal request for information in the coming days, according to The Wall Street Journal.

It is possible that other companies received requests for information about their business relationship with Google. Although the state of research is embryonic, the opening of it is a leap over previous investigations launched by U.S. authorities on Google.

In this case, the commission intends to investigate conduct of the company are at the heart of your business such as advertising, which is the main source of income. The investigation will include whether Google, which accounts for two thirds of the market for Internet searches in the U.S. and abroad, leading Internet users to its network in violation of competition rules.

The European Commission in December 2010 opened an investigation into Google for alleged manipulation of procedures for its Internet search system to dominate the market.

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