Please see WSJ Article on Biden EO.
Some two dozen legislative proposals to improve the regulatory process are under consideration by the Congress. Nonetheless, the immediate relief needed for job creation can come though OIRA.
Accordingly we have launched an interactive public docket (IPD), OIRA Watch, aimed at demonstrating the need for OIRA to act on particular issues of interest.
The impact of any “Watch” site is heavily depending upon the credibility of its sponsor; please view CRE’s credentials, giving particular attention to the information contained in this link.
Feds scrutinizing Carrier IQ
From: CNET News
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating allegations that Carrier IQ software is being used by operators to track cell phone activity without user permission, The Washington Post reported today citing anonymous officials.
Andrew Coward, vice president of marketing at Carrier IQ, told CNET he could not say whether there was an official investigation or not but said he spent Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C., talking to officials from the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission and answering their questions.
Editor’s Note: Federal data disseminations, including reports on privacy compliance that have been undertaken by or on behalf of the FTC, are subject to the quality standards and correction provisions of the Data Quality Act.
From: Huffington Post
by Nathan Newman, Founder, Tech-Progress.org
Facebook this past month agreed to twenty years of independent audits of its privacy practices, joining Google which agreed earlier this year to similar audits following its breaches of user privacy when it introduced its aborted Buzz social network.
Editor’s Note: The complaint discussed below appears, based on the article, to be an attempt at rent-seeking. The Economist describes rent-seeking as “Cutting yourself a bigger slice of the cake rather than making the cake bigger. Trying to make more money without producing more for customers. Classic examples of rent-seeking, a phrase coined by an economist, Gordon Tullock, include: … lobbying the GOVERNMENT for tax, spending or regulatory policies that benefit the lobbyists at the expense of taxpayers or consumers or some other rivals. Whether legal or illegal, as they do not create any value, rent-seeking activities can impose large costs on an economy.” [Emphasis added]
Product search site Foundem has claimed that Google is directly targeting household name search sites through Google Panda, the algorithm it says is central to ongoing antitrust cases.
Foundem kicked off the European Commission antitrust investigation against Google after they saw their site drop down the page rankings following the introduction of Universal Search in 2007.
Since Foundem first presented the case against Google, an official investigation has begun on both sides of the Atlantic. This has centred around Google’s leveraging of its search engine dominance, 95 percent of the market in Europe, to favour its lucrative forays into maps, product search and more.
More specifically we are of the view that: whether a two-sided market behaves like a monopolistic market, a competitive one, or something altogether different depends in large part on the homing properties of its users; we are of the view that symmetric single homing markets exhibit monopolistic properties and asymmetric multi-homing markets come across very competitive.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Sullivan concludes:
In the end, reviewing the report is frustrating. There are serious industry-wide issues about how consumers interact with search engines. There are also serious concerns about what rights publishers should have in regards search engines. These, among others, deserve serious attention. These are also rarely Google-specific issues.
CRE agrees these issues are not unique to Google, thus the need for the FTC to adopt the CRE petition asking for establishment of the standards for reviewing the matter.
Oct 11, 2011 at 9:36pm ET by Danny Sullivan