Competition/Antitrust

Brazil regulator settles with bank over fintech data abuse

Bradesco, one of Brazil’s biggest banks, has agreed to pay a €3.6 million fine and committed to sharing customer data with a financial technology app to end an antitrust investigation.

15 October 2020

US House report: Privacy, not price, is best measure of digital market power

The US House has released its much-anticipated report on competition in digital markets, making the case that privacy erosions are a better indicator than prices when it comes to measuring Big Tech’s market power.

07 October 2020

Don’t overstate the role of data, Facebook says

Facebook’s director of economic policy has played down the competitive advantage available to platforms that have access to large tranches of data, while warning against the effectiveness of data separation and data access remedies.

25 September 2020

Senate committee shines spotlight on Google’s adtech business

Policy experts have told a US senate committee that Google has monopolised the adtech space by combining data from a wide array of its products – although others say there is plenty of competition for online advertising and that Google is benefiting consumers.

16 September 2020

Judge dismisses hiQ antitrust claims, but gives time to amend

LinkedIn has successfully moved to dismiss antitrust claims made by data analytics firm hiQ Labs in the long-running scraping litigation between the two parties – but the business networking site must still face claims that it intentionally interfered with contracts hiQ had with clients.

14 September 2020

Apple, Google and Dropbox under investigation in Italy

Italy’s competition authority suspects Apple, Google and Dropbox misled clients about how the cloud giants monetise their data.

09 September 2020

TikTok claps back against Trump’s ban

TikTok has filed a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s executive order banning the social media platform from the US, arguing that the order is unlawful and violates the company’s Fifth Amendment right to due process.

25 August 2020

Google’s early data strategy revealed

Internal documents show that Google executives turned to the company’s vast trove of data in the mid-2000s as part of a strategy to remain the world’s top search engine.

04 August 2020

Microsoft promises to keep TikTok data in the US

Microsoft has promised to localise the data of US TikTok users as acquisition talks between the two parties heat up – while president Donald Trump mulls banning the China-owned social media platform.

03 August 2020

Data issues highlighted during Big Tech antitrust hearing

The GDPR, adtech, surveillance and third-party sellers were among the data-related topics discussed during a US congressional antitrust hearing that featured chief executives from Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.

30 July 2020

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