Groups seek more info on Google deal

Two privacy groups didn't let up on their claims that the head of the Federal Trade Commission may be linked with a law firm with business before the agency, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy called for Deborah Platt Majoras, the chairwoman of the FTC, to remove herself from the agency's antitrust review of Google's $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick.

The groups said in a petition that Majoras' husband, John M. Majoras, is a partner specializing in antitrust at the Jones Day law firm, the report said.

The firm's web site said it is representing DoubleClick, an online advertising services firm, 'on the international and US antitrust and competition law aspects' of the deal, according to the petition.

An FTC spokeswoman said that Deborah Majoras is reviewing the petition with the agency's ethics officer, and denied that Jones Day has represented DoubleClick on the deal before the FTC, according to the Associated Press report.

They asked for 'all documents' concerning the relationship between the FTC and Jones Day on the Google-DoubleClick matter, the report added.