Google and EU

  1. American_Choices profile image79
    American_Choicesposted 5 years ago

    While I reside in the US and am very patriotic, I realize the world is now global and what happens in the EU is of interest to me especially when it affects one of my favorite past times - Google. I use Google for fun and for business. As a marketing manager, I would not be in this field without Google Analytics.

    The BBC announced today that Google is under review for unfair competition practices:

    I appreciate the close review but feel Google has provided such low barriers to entry, forever changed the user experience and now is promoting brick and mortar and even has grants for non-profits, that I feel reviewing Google at this stage is unfair.

    Also, I feel Google has provided a new global sense of transparency that the world needs. We need connectivity across the oceans, we need low barriers to self-employment, we need to promote efficient commerce.

    Government review of Google Shopping, I feel is premature especially given there are greater concerns in the world today such as food. I have been greatly saddened by the state of food, the lack of competition in that area, the lack of transparency of what is in our food and labeling that works. I know Europe has led the charge on food and I commend them for that initiative.

    I listened briefly to Ms. Vestager and she seems to have a balanced view on this topic and I admire her greatly, however, I must question why this probe at this time:  1.) it is simply too early in the marketplace 2.) other areas in the marketplace offer greater health concern such as the food industry and 3.) the winner in search engine world is who delivers the best service to the customer which clearly is what Google has the ability to do.

    So when, not if, Google delivers a better self-driving car are we going to question Google's market lead?

    What is your view?

    1. LillyGrillzit profile image81
      LillyGrillzitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think you should write an article about this and submit it to the LA Times, or NY Times, so that informed readers will get this information. I agree with your assessment, and think that it is spot on.

    2. GA Anderson profile image90
      GA Andersonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Years ago, I would have just shook my head and muttered, "Only in European." Now I am concerned it could happen here too.

      The issue is easily understood at its most basic level...  A company built a better mouse trap, so now the losers use the power of government penalize the winner.

      Everything else is just rationalization to bolster a position.

      Would it still be an issue if Google placed a disclaimer prominently under its search bar? Maybe something like this;



This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)