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Apple Subpoenaed by U.S. FTC In Relation to Use Of Google Search on iPad, iPhone

by Todd Haselton | March 13, 2012March 13, 2012 12:40 pm PST

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Apple has reportedly been subpoenaed by the United States Federal Trade Commission in relation to its decision to use Google search on the iPhone and iPad. According to Bloomberg, the FTC is asking for any documents that are related to Apple’s agreements with Google in which it made Google the preferred search engine on the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft and other search rivals have called on investigators to investigate Apple and have claimed such agreements, if found to be true, are anti-competitive.

Earlier this month, Senator Chuck Schumer also asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google after reports surfaced suggesting that both companies were uploading photos and contacts to servers without user consent.

The FTC is also began investigating Google last year for anti-competitive search practices and the search engine has said it is cooperating fully with the investigation.

[via Bloomberg]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...