EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate Search Engine
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.January 13, 2012
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether Google's new Search Plus function violates antitrust rules, CNET News reports. EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said, "We asked the FTC, as part of its current investigation of possible antitrust violations, to assess whether the changes in Google Search violate the consent order Google recently signed" with the FTC. Rotenberg says the new function should be opt-in for users, not opt-out as it's currently set up. Meanwhile, itbusiness.ca has reported on four ways to control the new search mechanism, including tips for users to personalize their privacy settings.