Google's Record

Google & Co headlines – 2019 YTD

A non-exhaustive collection of news regarding Alphabet companies' dealings with governments, employees, communities (and customers!) around the world.

January 2019: Google fined for breaching EU data protection laws:
https://nytimes.com/2019/01/21/technology/google-europe-gdpr-fine.html  

February 2019: Google claims failure to tell customers about mic in Nest Guard system was mistake:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-says-secret-microphones-in-nest-home-products-an-error/

February 2019: Community group finds Google uses shell companies, NDAs, when seeking public subsidies to build data centres:
https://boingboing.net/2019/02/18/llcs-inside-llcs.html?fbclid=IwAR35W_yYnHme0YUTRpByb3jlw2wF0GmTzL-HslKuBUwq0c5KS5f9I0b00ZA

March 2019: Google fined for breaching EU anti-trust laws:
https://washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/03/20/google-fined-nearly-billion-ad-practices-that-violated-european-antitrust-laws/

March 2019: Google pays millions to 2 execs accused of sexual harassment
https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/11/18260712/google-amit-singhal-andy-rubin-payout-lawsuit-accused-sexual-harassment

April 2019: Google pays millions to St. Louis after abandoning fibre optic infrastructure project:
https://statescoop.com/google-to-pay-louisville-ky-3-84-million-to-cover-fiber-pullout/

June 2019: Leader of Google worker protests quits after alleged retaliation by company:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-worker-protests-leader-claire-stapleton-quits-alleging-retaliation-by-company/

June 2019: U.S. Justice department commences antitrust investigation of Google:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-is-preparing-antitrust-investigation-of-google-11559348795

June 2019: Google reported to be top corporate lobbying spender in U.S.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/09/google-is-techs-top-spender-on-lobbying-but-facebook-amazon-also-up.html

July 2019: France to tax Google, Facebook despite U.S. trade threat
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-11/france-says-u-s-shouldn-t-use-trade-tools-against-digital-tax

July 2019: Google's millions will transform San Jose, but at what true cost?
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/03/googles-millions-will-transform-san-jose-but-at-what-true-cost

August 2019: Google contract workers vote to form union over employee discord over treatment:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/08/30/google-contract-workers-vote-form-union-amid-employee-discord-over-treatment/

August 2019: Google is helping to power a U.S. immigration cloud project, new documents show.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/29/20838201/google-cloud-immigration-uscis-protests

September 2019: Government orders Google: Let employees speak out.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/government-orders-google-let-employees-speak-out-11568284582

September 2019: Google pays millions to settle claims of breach of US Child Privacy law (US):
https://ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/09/google-youtube-will-pay-record-170-million-alleged-violations

September 2019: Google hit by antitrust probe by 50 U.S. state attorneys general
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-hit-by-antitrust-probe-led-by-texas-attorney-general/

September 2019: 45 Google employees explain how they were retaliated against for reporting abuse:
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/vb53wy/45-google-employees-explain-how-they-were-retaliated-against-for-reporting-abuse


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