Competition/Antitrust

UK telecoms regulator to probe Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud sector study

The UK’s Office of Communications is launching a study into the cloud services sector to identify any competition concerns arising from the market power of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

23 September 2022

ECJ adviser draws roadmap for antitrust enforcement into data practices

A European Court of Justice adviser has cleared the German antitrust authority’s ability to investigate Meta for practices that allegedly violate the GDPR, in a wide-ranging opinion that also clarified the law of sensitive personal data processing and large companies’ ability to validly gather consent and avoid its use altogether.

20 September 2022

More data sharing means more competition concerns, Singapore DPA says

An official from Singapore’s data protection regulator has said that competition and data authorities will need to learn to work more closely together as the two areas increasingly overlap.

26 August 2022

Data exploitation as an abuse of dominance

Ashurst competition partner Nigel Parr and data protection partner Rhiannon Webster analyse the impact of a recent European Court of Justice ruling on incumbent companies’ data practices.

18 August 2022

Big tech antitrust bill could create data sharing requirements

In a bid to keep pace with modern business tactics, a US antitrust bill seeks to add new requirements for large tech platforms that could create significant private data sharing and portability requirements.

16 August 2022

Italy probes Google over data portability

Italy’s competition authority is investigating whether Google unlawfully restricted users’ right to portability and limited the ability of alternative operators to develop innovative data-based services.

14 July 2022

DSA and DMA passed by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted through the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act – the final step in a comprehensive overhaul of the bloc’s regulation of data and big tech.

05 July 2022

EU ends Insurance Ireland probe with data access remedies

The European Commission has accepted Insurance Ireland’s commitments to facilitate greater access to its claims information database, ending a three-year antitrust investigation into the association’s alleged discrimination against non-members.

01 July 2022

UK intensifies Google scrutiny with new adtech probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Google unlawfully tied and self-preferenced its services in different parts of the digital advertising technology sector, adding to similar probes by EU, US and French competition enforcers.

01 June 2022

CMA learns its lesson from open banking

Shortcomings in the UK’s approach to open banking could echo in future remedies by the Competition and Markets Authority and the country’s approach to its new data protection regime, thanks to a report laying out a set of recommendations based on observed failures with the project.

31 May 2022

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