Google has pledged to overhaul its rules and procedures for blocking certain advertisers from buying “sponsored links” on its search engine as part of a settlement with French authorities announced Thursday.
As part of the deal with French Competition Authority, Google agreed to adopt conditions, including a three-month notification period, when it rejects some ads from appearing next to its search results in France.
2:28 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Another example on why Google policy makers need to get out of thier offices and look at Google from the street.
5:09 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
is it my imagination or does every government that has backbone when it comes to google residing in europe?
brotherhood of LAN
9:19 pm on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
As someone who's spent a limited amount of time in Canada and most of my life in the UK, I'd say consumer law back home is a lot better. For instance, EU-wide there is a minimum 12-month guarantee on electronic purchases.
3 months notice seems like a fair practice for Google to have, for them and for their customers.
11:01 am on Oct 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
NY Times is wrong, I spoke with Google. They have to make the changes in france for specific ads, but no where else. They have NO plans on changing their policies elsewhere.
5:24 pm on Oct 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
I cannot reconcile this bit of the article@
The specific conditions apply only in France, and concern only ads for tools aimed at helping drivers avoid speeding tickets.
the French Competition Authority got Google to modify its contractual rules on a worldwide basis