Rep. Ellison Letter to the Federal Trade Commission On Google Investigation
WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) sent the following letter to Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission:
“Dear Acting Chair Olhausen:
We write to request the Federal Trade Commission make public the reports by the Bureau of Competition and the Bureau of Economics documenting the complete findings and analysis in the Google antitrust investigation that concluded in 2013.
In January 2013, the Federal Trade Commission concluded its investigation into Google (now known as Alphabet Inc.) by ruling that the company had not committed any violations of antitrust or anti-competition statutes by highlighting its own services in its search results. Google agreed to change some of its business practices voluntarily to resolve the Federal Trade Commission investigation.
Given the impact Google has on small businesses, the flow of information, and that Google controls an outsize portion of the market for online search and online advertising, the public has a right to know what the Federal Trade Commission found in its investigation into Google.
Furthermore, in June of this year, the European Union fined Google $2.7 billion for unfairly highlighting its own services over that of its rivals. This is a compelling reason for the Federal Trade Commission to make its own reports on the same subject public.
We look forward to receiving the investigative reports no later than November 30, 2017.”