Consumer Group Accuses Internet Search Engines of Deception

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SAN FRANCISCO — Attacking an increasingly popular Internet business practice, a consumer watchdog group filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Trade Commission asserting that many online search engines are concealing the impact special fees have on search results by Internet users.

Commercial Alert, a three-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, asked the FTC to investigate whether eight of the Web’s largest search engines are violating federal laws against deceptive advertising.

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