You think Google is powerful regarding the search market in the United States– try Europe where the giant tech firm gobbles up around 90 percent of the market. It stands to reason that most of the regulators there have a great distrust for the company.
Two years ago the Europeans added a tool to combat the company’s mostly self-serving dominance– they created the “Right to be Forgotten,, a law that permits consumers of the internet to petition Google to remove distasteful or negative information that has been posted about them. Well sort of—with zillions of postings, Google has considered removing about 418,000 of them and acted on less than half of that number. The removal decisions are made behind closed doors.
This has pissed off (French for angered) some consumer groups, and their panties are tied in even tighter knots over the fact that the European regulators have entrusted this removal job to the Google folk themselves. It’s worse than having the fox guard the hen house some say– Google makes billions from tapping into the “private” digital affairs of internet users– and the process is secretive! Hmm, what ever happened to that nerdy tech group that descended on the holistic liberal Californian bastion of creativity named Silicon Valley? Like the singer said, “It must be the money”. Hell, they have even got under the skin of the “establishment”–According to the Wall Street Journal, News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission over Alphabet Inc.’s Google, accusing the U.S. tech giant of leveraging its dominance in the search for news articles.