Topic: Competition/Antitrust

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

EU targets smart devices in new sector inquiry

The European Commission is examining how companies use and collect data in the consumer “Internet of Things” market.

17 July 2020

UK competition regulator: force Google to share data

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has called for the creation of a new body with powers to force companies to share data with competitors.

03 July 2020

German competition watchdog slams smart TV data collection

Shortly after its triumph over Facebook in a landmark case, Germany’s influential antitrust enforcer has attacked smart TV data collection practices.

03 July 2020

Data concerns prompt LSE/Refinitiv merger review

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Refinitiv’s proposed $27 billion acquisition of London Stock Exchange Group, in part over concerns that rivals could be denied access to valuable data.

25 June 2020

German antitrust decision threatens Facebook business model

Germany’s highest court has ruled that the country’s competition authority can enforce against Facebook on data grounds – in a decision with broad implications for the company’s business model.

24 June 2020

Google/Fitbit deal faces resistance over data acquisition

Google’s proposed acquisition of wearables company Fitbit is facing multiple roadblocks over the “trove” of health data it may obtain as part of the purchase.

18 June 2020

EU set to examine digital gatekeepers

The European Commission is seeking experts to conduct a five-month study into the gatekeeping power of digital platforms.

13 May 2020

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