The United States, then Europe, and now Canada. Matt Hartley, Financial Post:
Earlier this week the Competition Bureau of Canada filed documents with the Federal Court of Canada requesting records from Google Canada that detail various aspects of the technology company’s search and advertising businesses in the country as part of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices at the search engine giant.
According to the documents, the Competition Commissioner of Canada has reason to believe that Google controls one or more markets related to Internet search and advertising services in Canada, and that the Mountain View, California-based company may have engaged in a number of anti-competitive acts in violation of Canadian law.
Earlier this year, the FTC declined to bring charges against Google while subsequently beginning another investigation into their ad business. Meanwhile in Europe, the antitrust case seemed ready to wrap up in October, but objections may lead to a reconsideration of the proposed settlement. Now it’s Canada’s turn.