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Google Could Be Sued Over Search Parameters

Google Could Be Sued Over Search Parameters

Added: Monday, September 17th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The CEO of a British search engine company has warned Google that the company could be sued if it doesn’t change its search result tactics.

According to Shivaun Raff, the co-founder and CEO of Foundem, Google faces “a tsunami of follow-on litigation” in case it fails to alter its search results in a negotiated settlement. Shivaun Raff told during the interview that the search engine’s need to avoid huge lawsuits from the entities affected by its previous dominance will mean that the case in question puts it in a strong position. So, everyone who thinks that the search giant will easily get away with superficial remedies is wrong.

It isn’t a secret that the EC has been investing Google for the last two years and while the majority think that Google will cave into Europe's demands it could get messy. In the meantime, the EC is expected to provide more details about how the discussions with Google are going on.
However, if Google fails to come to a "settlement agreement" with the European Commission, the search engine will be forced through the courts, which would undoubtedly lead to an "infringement decision", allowing all other rivals to sue the company as well. In case the search engine settles, it could avoid admission of guilt and following lawsuits.

Actually, Foundem has been at odds with the most popular search engine for the last three years when the company complained that Google has favored its own products and pushed the rivals' down its search engine results.

According to Raff, Google might have modified its results in order to use "clear and conspicuous labeling" for its products. A key element that the engine used to knock out spam websites from its index also hit "vertical" search companies like Foundem, which must be prevented.

September 17th,2012

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Date:  Monday, September 17th, 2012

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2012-09-17 23:27:54)
SyKoTiK avatarThis is so stupid. Of course Google is going to "favor" its own products over its competitors' products. That's like saying that if you go to Chevrolet's website you should expect to see cars/trucks made by Ford and Dodge BEFORE seeing the ones made by Chevrolet just so you can make a comparison. Not only will you NOT see cars/trucks made by anyone other than Chevrolet but there are no links to their competitors' sites for comparable models or products. At least Google is still listing their competitors' products among their results and not simply saying to use Google branded products without giving the users an alternative.

posted by (2012-09-18 01:19:41)
Rockman avatarI am lose why does the worthless E.U. consider it bad for google search to favor google products first ?

Whos the E.U. going to sue next bing and yahoo ? ? Lets hope google wins against the EU idiots.

posted by (2012-09-18 02:54:27)
No avatarGoogle lists websites based on requests, hits, searches etc., a ranking that they artificially skew to show their own self-interest sites. To use SyKoTiK's example, Chevrolet do not consider, or advertise themselves as THE Car Showroom, they are a Chevrolet showroom with their own commercial interests at heart, something that their customers know. Google do not do this. Google have every right to boost their own commercial interests, but need to make all users aware that they are altering the results order. "Google are no longer an impartial search engine" or something like that.

posted by (2012-09-18 08:32:15)
No avatarNot really sure how Google would benefit from putting this "Foundem" website further down the list.

I used Google to search Foundem, which I should add came up at an astounding result of number one which was totally unexpected from this article.

Anyways, this guy should really look at his own website. It is a website designed to help shoppers find the lowest prices.

I decided to click on mobile phones and then on the Galaxy S3. The first 10 pages are dominated by 3 cellular phone stores, and then there are pages which include accessories.

Did another search for lawn mowers. Its a decent catalogue which shows the pricing but does very little to differentiate features between different mowers and seems a bit skewed itself as it only shows 2 brands and numerous models of different mowers at first glance and places other brands further down the list.

This website is clearly bad and just wants a quick pay day and publicity from Google.

Check out what they use as arguments.

They state that mapquests downfall is the fact that you can search an address on Google and it will show you where it is and can give you directions to get there.

Anyways they also have this other site which has numerous posts which talks about neutrality but somewhere forgets to enable comments

posted by (2012-09-18 17:17:14)
sm753 avatarDear Euro-trash,
If you don't like how our search engine works, your welcome to design your own and see if anyone will use it.

posted by (2012-09-18 18:57:05)
Tparsons5150 avatarYeah this makes no sense, putting it's own products higher up seem like a rather logical method,. what company doesnt reccomend thier own products first?

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