The European Union (EU) is claiming that Google overstepped its bounds as a monopoly . Officials in the EU have been conducting anti-trust investigation into Google’s treatment of search term results.
“I believe that these fast-moving markets would particularly benefit from a quick resolution of the competition issues identified,” said Joaquín Almunia, the head of competition policy for the European Commission. “Restoring competition swiftly to the benefit of users at an early stage is always preferable to lengthy proceedings, although these sometimes become indispensable to competition enforcement.”
Alumunia said that Google is becoming a dominant abuser with regard to its business practices. “In its general search results, Google displays links to its own vertical search services differently than it does for links to competitors,” Almunia said. “We are concerned that this may result in preferential treatment compared to those of competing services, which may be hurt as a consequence.”
The truth about Google’s rise as an abusive dominating force does not come from this petty argument over search terms, but how the internet giant is working with governmental agencies to mine for data on unsuspecting citizens.
Recently, a US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, ruled that the NSA does not need to confirm nor deny (known as a “Glomar” response) its collaborations with Google; how the two work together to spy on American citizens in the name of protecting the public from false flag “cyber-attacks”.
“The existence of a relationship or communications between the NSA and any private company certainly constitutes an ‘activity’ of the agency subject to protection” from public disclosure, said Judge Janice Rogers Brown. “Moreover, if private entities knew that any of their attempts to reach out to NSA could be made public through a FOIA request, they might hesitate or decline to contact the agency, thereby hindering its Information Assurance mission.
In reviewing an agency’s Glomar response, this court exercises caution when the information requested implicates national security, a uniquely executive purview. NSA need not make a specific showing of potential harm to national security in order to justify withholding information.”
Prior to this ruling, Google was involved in a violation of wire-tapping laws by stealing private citizen’s personal data through their unmanned vehicles called “street view” cars.