Issa Seeks Investigation Into Google Leaks
Says commission needs to start inquiry ASAP
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/7/2013 3:15:44 PM
In a letter to FTC Inspector General Scott Wilson, a copy of which was supplied by a committee staffer, Issa said such leaks were illegal and counterproductive to the investigation and asked the IG to look into it.
"Throughout the process, nonpublic information about developments in the investigation has been inappropriately shared with the media," Issa wrote. "It is believed the commission may be contributing to, or is the source, of this information."
He also cited complaints by Democratic Rep. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) about the leaks.
The commission concluded that Google's search business was not illegally anticompetitive, but the company agreed to make some changes in the interests of user transparency and control. The FTC did order Google to make some of its essential smartphone-related patents acquired from Motorola available to competitors, which Motorola had been required to do.
An FTC spokesperson confirmed it had received the letter, but had not comment on whether or not it was conducting an investigation.
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