Competition/Antitrust

Privacy takes a back seat at FTC congressional hearing

Statements by US Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan indicate that competition, a drive for additional resources, and internal spats with other commissioners could take precedence over data-related issues under her leadership.

29 July 2021

Sweeping Biden order takes action on data privacy and portability

Tougher data privacy and portability regulations are among 72 initiatives announced by US President Joe Biden in an executive order aimed at increasing competition.

09 July 2021

European enforcers call for DMA enforcement coordination

The heads of Europe's national antitrust authorities have said they should jointly enforce the Digital Markets Act with the European Commission, as it would be challenging for the EU enforcer to sufficiently apply the new rules on its own.

05 July 2021

Digital economy to remain a priority for China

A top official at China’s antitrust authority has said that strong competition policy is necessary to develop the digital economy for the benefit of consumers, suggesting that enforcement in the sector will remain a key priority for the agency.

18 June 2021

LinkedIn v hiQ remanded but key question remains

The US Supreme Court has sent the long-running data scraping dispute between LinkedIn and hiQ back to the Ninth Circuit for reconsideration in light of its recent Van Buren ruling – but LinkedIn says its case hinges on a key issue that the high court left unaddressed in Van Buren.

14 June 2021

Google agrees to Privacy Sandbox oversight

Adtech players have welcomed Google commitments that would resolve a UK antitrust investigation of its controversial Privacy Sandbox and subject it to ongoing competition and data protection regulatory scrutiny.

11 June 2021

UK and EU enforcers target Facebook’s data practices

The UK and EU’s antitrust watchdogs have opened parallel investigations into Facebook to examine if it uses data collected through its digital advertising service to obtain an unfair competitive advantage in certain online markets.

07 June 2021

Facebook-funded research says Apple’s privacy updates harm consumers

Two Facebook-funded university researchers have published a paper claiming that Apple’s recent privacy updates will entrench the company’s dominance and harm consumers.

02 June 2021

EU governments voice concerns about DMA

Government ministers in Germany, France and the Netherlands have urged the European Commission to strengthen the Digital Markets Act by introducing tougher merger notification provisions and making sure member states can themselves challenge digital platforms.

01 June 2021

Brazilian DPA joins Facebook/WhatsApp debate in first major move

In its first major public action, Brazil’s nascent data protection authority has joined several other jurisdictions around the world to pressure Facebook about its planned privacy changes with WhatsApp.

28 May 2021

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