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A House of Lords Committee investigating online platforms will hear from Google next week when Adam Cohen, Google’s head of Competition and Economy Policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will answer questions on a range of areas including market dominance, search ranking transparency, and regulation.

The Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee is carrying out an inquiry examining the benefits and problems caused by online platforms, as embodied by companies such as Amazon, Google, Uber and Airbnb.

Questions which Mr Cohen is likely to face next Monday November 23 include:

  •  If there is a strong degree of dominance in Google’s Search Engine, does this lead to unfair control over access to content online?
  • What is Google’s current practice for the use and storage of consumer data through its Search Engine, Gmail and through its Android platform?
  • What is your view of a kite-mark to help users recognise best practise for data protection?
  • What is your view of the idea of a ‘platform rating agency’?

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