Unlike what most Americans believe, the world outside the U.S. is getting increasingly tiresome of Google’s practices. Xinhua has just reported Google’s Seoul office raided by police. This was due to suspicion of Google’s AdMob unit illegally collecting private mobile user information. Google made many headlines in their confrontation with the Chinese government. See Allen’s article, “Google vs. China – Good vs. Evil?”
Japan last year decided to be “heavy-handed” too in their dealings with Google over leaked Japanese coast guard videos. See my prior post, “YouTube records reportedly seized by Japanese prosecutors over leaked video.”
Google has been marred with copyright controversies and in November 30, 2010, the European Commission launched an antitrust probe into the companies search practices.
In my view, Google is too arrogant. If it continues the same behavior, I predict it’s market share outside the U.S. will continue on a downward trajectory. It has already slipped in China.