After a two-year-long investigation, Google has now been cleared of rigging search results to favour its own products and services.
As a result of this investigation the search engine giant was forced to stop the usage of information from other providers in their search results and also to give advertisers more data on their campaigns.
Another change that the American internet company had to make was the way it operates its Motorola Mobility arm and the patents acquired.
Google was criticized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the usage of patents in order to make other companies paying considerable sums of money.
For future Google has promised to charge “fair and reasonable” rates to companies using the patents.
In the words of John Leibowitz, who is the chairperson of the FTC, the investigation proved that Google sometimes favoures its services but it does not do it “without legitimate justification”.
The developments seemed confusing and disappointing to the body representing different Google critics and it said:
“The FTC’s decision to close its investigation with only voluntary commitments from Google is disappointing and premature, coming just weeks before the company is expected to make a formal and detailed proposal to resolve the four abuses of dominance identified by the European Commission, first among them biased display of its own properties in search results.”
The answer of the chief legal officer of Google, David Drummond, was published in a blog saying that after 19-month search through Google’s documents the FTC had finally closed their investigation.
“The conclusion is clear: Google’s services are good for users and good for competition.”