How May Google Fight an Antitrust Case? Look at This Little-Noticed Paper

A document sent by the search giant to Australian regulators argues that the company doesn’t control enough of the digital ad industry to overcharge customers or block competitors.

Google has largely stayed quiet about its conversations with federal investigators as the Justice Department has looked into whether the company abused its dominance of the online advertising market.

But a little-noticed 67-page document sent to Australian regulators in May by Google’s advisers may provide clues to how the Silicon Valley titan intends to beat back a legal challenge from the agency.

To continue reading this New York Times report, go to:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/technology/google-ads-antitrust.html

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Google Gets Record Belgian Privacy Fine Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’
Google was fined a record €600,000 ($681,400) by Belgium’s data protection authority for failing to delete links regulators deemed harmful to a person’s reputation under the European Union’s right to be forgotten.

Google was “grossly negligent” by refusing to remove the links to news articles that the authority said involved unproven harassment incidents more than 10 years ago, according to an emailed statement on Tuesday.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-14/google-gets-belgian-privacy-fine-over-right-to-be-forgotten

Google hit with €600,000 Belgian privacy fine
Google has received a record fine from Belgium’s data protection authority (APD) of €600,000 for not complying with European rules on a person’s “right to be forgotten” online.

The 600,000 euro penalty is the largest ever imposed by APD, it said on Tuesday, and more than 10 times bigger than the authority’s previous record penalty.
https://in.reuters.com/article/us-google-belgium-privacy/google-hit-with-600000-euro-belgian-privacy-fine-idINKCN24F2EP

Google supports OECD engagement on digital taxes, CEO Pichai says
Alphabet Inc’s Google supports a multilateral solution for taxing digital services that is under discussion by the OECD, its chief executive Sundar Pichai told Reuters in an interview.
https://in.reuters.com/article/google-india-pichai/google-supports-oecd-engagement-on-digital-taxes-ceo-pichai-says-idINKCN24E1KT
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-google-india-pichai/google-supports-oecd-engagement-on-digital-taxes-ceo-pichai-says-idUKKCN24E1KO

EU’s Vestager vows to continue tax fight after Apple setback
EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager vowed on Wednesday to continue her fight against tax measures used by multinationals despite a setback dealt by Europe’s second-top court, which earlier scrapped her 13 billion euro tax order to Apple.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-eu-apple-tax-vestager/eus-vestager-vows-to-continue-tax-fight-after-apple-setback-idUKKCN24G1BE

Apple Scores Legal Victory Against $14.9 Billion E.U. Tax Demand
Apple won a major legal victory on Wednesday against European antitrust regulators as a European court overruled a 2016 decision that ordered the company to pay $14.9 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/business/apple-eu-ireland-tax.html

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