Thursday, August 25, 2011

Google to pay 346 million euros to the U.S. Government

The Internet company has reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department for the publication of advertisements Canadian pharmacies between 2003 and 2009. Google recognizes that helped them to publish and optimize advertising and improve the effectiveness of sites through its AdWords program. The sale of drugs in the United States by Canadian pharmacies resulted in the illegal importation of drugs without prescription.

The U.S. government was investigating for two years if Google accepted payment online Canadian pharmacy ads for U.S. customers. U.S. laws provide that the owner of a website is responsible for the ads of companies involved in illegal activities. Google not only dealt with advertising through its AdWords service, also published advertisements in search engine results pages.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said at a news conference that the investigation, which also has helped the Department of Agriculture and Food, focused on the illegal import of medicines, ignoring the quality and safety controls. Noronha said that the import process was assisted by Google, whose leaders knew about these practices since 2003.

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