The competition complaint of CONTAXE against Google could be forwarded to the European Commission until the end of June, due to its significant scale. Our research initially led to 26 reasons of complaint in a 175-page document and about 1,700 pages of enclosures. In the context of further competition complaints against Google, which were sent to the antitrust authorities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland three weeks later, the scope of the complaint document extended again significantly. Among other things, a 29th reason of complaint was added.
Originally planned antitrust complaints to the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission we have spared us, as our own researches - and, moreover, the contemporary historical development - has proven that in the USA are no longer important principles of a democratic constitution and therefore, it must be understood that a constitutionally process will be prevented by an obviously deeply corrupt US administration. In this context, we would like to emphasize that we reject any form of anti-Americanism, as American and European consumers are sitting in the same boat, so to speak, and both are regarded as victims.
Our researches, in conjunction with
have led us, after a detailed assessment, to the recognition that Google
There are numerous companies in different industries that feel harmed by Google, but for obvious comprehensible reasons shy away from the high cost and risk of litigation. In addition, the affected often lack in basic information with which an abusive market behavior can be conclusively demonstrated.
Our complaint document that the European Commission has already received, and formally corresponds to an indictment, is based on more than 1,500 hours of research and analysis, in which an market-abusive conduct is perceivable that is also relevant for other industries. Our research continues unabated, as we will file a lawsuit against Google in the near future.
We offer interested parties an opportunity to join our lawsuit against Google. Alternatively, we also provide our complaint document. Please understand that this is only possible in exchange for a reasonable protection fee. Please make appropriate inquiries at David versus Goliath.
While only a few were recognizing the dangers over a long period of time and other market participants struggled to sheer survival, Google could easily establish links to government organizations and support lobbyism organizations that go unnoticed by the public and other market participants, through the deployment of "consultants” or "experts" that “help” in law consulting, with the ultimate goal of legalizing the abusive market behavior. That Google CEO Schmidt criticizes this lobbyist even in public with his statement that laws are written by lobbyists, shows how skillfully this company operates its public relations.
The information that is made public via a link of Google with the NSA, are no surprise to CONTAXE because the unabashed market behavior of Google would hardly be possible without a corresponding "backing". It also confirms our own assessment of the strategic approach of the company. Even more, we assume that Google works closely in mutual interest with US intelligence agencies, since the evaluation of Google log-files with user data are just as an inestimable value for these institutions as the reverse aid in the conquest of markets. The US administration receives with the user data of EU citizens comprehensive information on key decision-makers in politics and business, and have thus naturally also the necessary pressure medium in the enforcement of interests that are largely congruent with the interests of the companies, which cooperate with these intelligence agencies./p>
The result of the "system Google" includes, in our opinion,
At the, in our opinion, urgently required criminal category there should also be a consideration that Google is making efforts to influence political decision makers of the European Union to ensure that existing laws will be changed for their own benefit and to the detriment of consumers and other market participants. It is an aggravating aspect , in our opinion, that Google operates huge lobbyism work in the USA to achieve these goals and by transferring user data of European citizens to the USA local government and intelligence agencies at the same time allow the access to these data, although the company is aware that the disclosure of data to third parties violates the local law. With this, it also shows the strategic mindset with which Google pursues its objectives.
Google refers towards CONTAXE on its obligations towards its shareholders, and has also given us to understand that we should sue for our rights. That the obligation towards shareholders is not superior to any other legal interests, and certainly do not justify any means, should be obvious to Google, especially when its market behavior violates the company's code of conduct every day.
CONTAXE has provided the EU Commission with detailed information about user tracking methods and their consequences, among others, as well as further analysis, and has expressed that
Since we do not know how independent the European Commission, as well as the legislature, still is at its decision in the Causa Google, and, since we will not use tracking technologies that enable behavioral targeting in our network because of legal as well as for ethical reasons, also not in the future, we only see two alternatives for the future of CONTAXE:
1. CONTAXE will be sold, and the buyer can - if he/she wants to and it will not be illegal - add tracking technologies easily. Interested buyers may please contact us.
2. CONTAXE will continue to work closely with data protection authorities and under the participation of a large number of website owners and advertisers as a non-profit advertising cooperative, which also continues to work with clean tracking and data processing methods and maybe even could become a role model. We would welcome your feedback and any suggestions on this idea too.
Whatever the future of CONTAXE will be - I personally am going to start to become committed in ensuring that the Internet will regain the freedom from the "system Google", even if this seems impossible. For this, I launched the site David-versus-Goliath.com, to share with as many people
with the goal to strengthen the competition and consumer protection. On the mentioned website, a lot of information is already available and every day more will be provided, especially the knowledge that we have gained from our research in relation to our competition complaint against Google.
I would be happy if there are as much as possible other "David" to participate. Everyone can help! Alone, we are chanceless against Google. You can find more information on how you can help at Be a David too and fight together with us against the Goliath Google.