And again a German politician fires at Google

Mon 11 January 2010 16:40, Bas van den Beld

And again a German politician fires at Google

Google and Germany will most probably never be friends. After Merkel, some law suits, the suggestion of Analytics being illegal, Streetview hassle and not getting "Gmail" and different German politicians opposing to Google's bookdeal German Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (try pronouncing that when you're British), told German magazine Der Spiegel she feels Google is becoming a monopoly.

The statement was made in an interview in which she also said that she believed Google was getting too much information about citizens through their services. The power Google has because of that data could be too big.

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said:

"All in all, what's taking shape there to a large extent is a giant monopoly, similar to Microsoft. My initial response is not to ban something or stop something. But I do want to create more transparency and ensure that users know what is going on with their data.

I think the companies have an obligation here, and a lot of things ought to be improved. If that doesn't happen soon we may have to take action as legislators."

The statement is yet another blow to Google's position in Germany. The search giant however remains the biggest one in Germany with a market share way over 90%.

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