FTC Commissioner warns Google settlement may look like ‘preferential treatment’

FTC Commissioner warns Google settlement may look like ‘preferential treatment’

The FTC announced its settlement with Google today, and while its commissioners may have agreed unanimously to close the investigation into Mountain View’s alleged “search bias,” they didn’t provide such a united front when it came to some of the other measures announced. In a lengthy written statement , J. Thomas Rosch writes that he has issues with some of the decisions made — both because they give the impression powerful companies receive special treatment, and because they address issues that he doesn’t feel were violations in the first place. According to Rosch, Google didn’t need to agree to stop scraping websites for repurposing on its own services as was alleged. “Google does not have monopoly or near-monopoly power in any…

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FTC Commissioner warns Google settlement may look like ‘preferential treatment’

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