FTC Apple: FTC’s Apple Subpoena

March 14, 2012 by staff 

FTC Apple: FTC’s Apple Subpoena, Apple is one of several handset makers that have reportedly been subpoenaed as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe into Google. According to Bloomberg, two unnamed “people familiar with the matter” have said that the agency is seeking answers about how Google’s search engine is used on the iPhone and iPad. The request is reportedly asking for documentation including the deal that made Google the preferred search engine on iOS devices.

The FTC declined to comment on the report. Apple and Google also both declined comment. Such a request would indicate that the agency is looking more closely at the way Google runs its search business, and whether these kinds of agreements could be viewed as anti-competitive.

Washington has been casting a more critical eye on the technology juggernaut, The Washington Post has reported, with Congress grilling Google chairman Eric Schmidt in a September antitrust hearing and federal regulators recently examining whether the companies social modifications to search were stifling competiton.

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