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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2015-02-12 11:08
Google’s recent bullying and intimidating behavior in Mississippi looks terrible and smells bad.
Consider for yourself if Google’s corporate behavior in Mississippi is how innocent people or a responsible corporation act, if they have: a clear conscience, done nothing wrong, or nothing to hide?
What is going on in Mississippi that warrants close outside attention?
Google has filed an highly-unusual, and hyper-aggressive lawsuit in federal court to try and quash a Mississippi Attorney General’s subpoena investigating Google’s alleged willful, continued, aiding and abetting of many criminal activities via advertising, given that it has found initial evidence to indicate that the criminal behavior that Google admitted to in a 2011 $500m DOJ Non-Prosecution Agreement may be continuing to this day.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2015-02-06 11:10
The FCC’s official confirmation that it will reclassify wireline and wireless broadband as Title II “telecommunications,” and that it also will apply Title II “Section 222: Privacy of Customer Information” has sweeping, under-appreciated, and negative implications for Google Inc.
Google will certainly be captured by the new privacy regulations. Given its core business model of monetizing users’ information without their meaningful permission, and given its industry-worst privacy record and rampant Android security problems protecting users’ private information, Google will own more serious Section 222 privacy liabilities than any FCC captured entity -- by far.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2015-01-15 10:53
January 21, 2015
Memorandum For: All 2015 Davos Attendees
From: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Davos Man, & Co-Chair of Davos 2015
Subject: Welcome & Davos 2015 Orientation Information
Google and the World Economic Forum welcome you to the first of many Davos G-1 Summits!
Google is honored to sponsor and co-opt this august event because so many European heads of state, government officials, and elites will be here for the influencing.
Our mission here will be to organize Davos’ information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Your privacy is our highest priority. Let us reassure you that what happens in Davos, stays in Davos.
Google’s high altitude balloons and drones will provide all Davos’ Internet access. Android and Google+ will be the official Davos operating system and social networking platform respectively. And Google Translate will be the only approved translation service.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2014-12-21 19:07
Google will bully most any entity or anyone, if it thinks it can get away with it.
Google just filed a highly-unusual, and exceptionally-aggressive, lawsuit that asks a Federal Court to issue a restraining order to preemptively shut down a broad and ongoing State Attorney Generals law enforcement investigation into Google’s alleged willful blindness to advertising and profiting from well-known, recurring, illegal activities on Google’s platform.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-12-10 09:02
Google is arguing in the UK’s High Court that it is not subject to UK data protection law, in a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google bypassed users’ Safari privacy settings to secretly track their activity. The UK’s Information Commissioner has petitioned the court to ensure that Google is subject to UK data protection law.
In a nutshell, Google is defending its secret collection of British citizens’ private information without their knowledge or permission, by claiming British citizens have no sovereign right to sue Google for Google’s invasion of their privacy in the UK.
The Goobris here would be remarkable if it was an isolated incident.
Sadly however, this heads-or-tails, Google-wins approach is really How Google Works.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2014-11-28 11:52
Google has no shame. Google is throwing stones at Europe while living in a glass house.
In response to a non-binding resolution passed by a 384-174 vote by the European Parliament to urge the European Commission to enforce European law against Google’s search engine >90% dominance of the European digital market, Google has advanced three self-serving, America-harming, PR narratives that the overwhelming evidence shows are untrue.
One American bad apple is spoiling it for the whole American bunch.
First, Google shamelessly plays the victim acting like it hasn’t done anything wrong worthy of European law enforcement when Google knows the evidence proves it is a serial bad actor with the worst antitrust, privacy, and property infringement rap sheet of any American multinational in Europe or the world.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-11-24 11:21
The European Parliament reportedly is scheduled to vote this week on a political non-binding resolution urging the European Commission to “enforce EU competition rules decisively” against search engines, i.e. Google.
What is going on?
In a nutshell, this vote has three big effective implications. It is a political revolt and declaration of Independence from Google’s virtual hegemony. It is a rejection of former EC Vice President Almunia’s gross mishandling of the Google competition case. And it is a vote for a European “single digital market” to promote European economic growth and job creation.
A Political Revolt & Declaration of Independence
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2014-11-04 22:55
Apparently Google hopes to convince the new European Commission to buy into the same market predicate that it convinced Mr. Almunia to accept -- that the fast and ever-changing Internet marketplace has rendered lasting market dominance and antitrust enforcement obsolete.
Like a magician or illusionist, one can make another believe anything if they can misdirect their attention from what is really going on.
Google’s latest misdirection ploy is to focus the media and the new EC on its new “peak” PR narrative that its search and Android dominance is at a “peak” -- with the implication that Google’s market position is fleeting and will only go down from here because fast-changing innovation and competition will naturally supplant it.
And by extension, if people accept that Google’s dominance is “peaking” then they can more easily be convinced that Google’s dominance could decrease naturally without any government intervention.
This “peak” market frame is clever misdirection because it distracts people from focusing on how Google is broadly abusing its market dominance to extend its market power into additional, adjacent, and nascent markets.
However, a new competitor or innovation can only have a chance to supplant Google, if Google does not neutralize or dominate the new competitor or innovation first.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2014-10-27 16:02
Dear European Commission Official,
History teaches that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
Specifically, as the new European Commission takes charge of the mess that is the Google competition case, it is important to learn from, and not repeat, Mr. Almunia’s many big Google mistakes.
Summary of Almunia-Google Mistakes
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2014-10-22 19:16
Please don’t miss my Daily Caller op-ed here: “Will the FCC Break the Internet?”
It explains how the FCC could effectively break the Internet and seriously undermine U.S. trade and foreign policy interests, if it redefined the legal status of American Internet services to ITU utility-regulated “telecommunications” services.
This is Part 68 of my FCC Open Internet Order Series.
FCC Open Internet Order Series
Part 1: The Many Vulnerabilities of an Open Internet [9-24-09]