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Free's ad blocking went against the public interest - Kroes

Thursday 17 January 2013 | 16:16 CET | News
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European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes writes in a Liberation column that French operator Free's decision to temporarily block internet ads for Freebox customers went against the public interest. Kroes starts from the basic principle that consumers must be free to make informed, real choices when subscribing to a service or using the internet. Free's unilateral move to block ads by default removed consumer choice and therefore was not in the public interest. It was a blanket move affecting all ads. The public perception was that it was difficult to opt out. Kroes writes that while

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Companies: European Commission / Free / Google
Countries: Europe / France
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