Competition/Antitrust

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

Germany uses new powers to probe Google’s data practices

Germany’s antitrust watchdog has launched a third investigation under new national competition rules to examine whether Google’s data processing practices deprive users of choice about the use of their information.

28 May 2021

Data and competition convergence ramps up in UK

The UK’s data protection and competition watchdogs have formalised cooperation plans, in a move that could increase regulatory scrutiny for data-driven companies.

20 May 2021

Facebook/WhatsApp update blocked in Argentina

Argentina's government has prevented Facebook from rolling out its updated WhatsApp privacy policy until the country’s competition authority has completed an investigation assessing whether the terms of service are anticompetitive.

19 May 2021

Verizon selling Yahoo! for $5 billion after failed data strategy

Verizon is selling Yahoo! and AOL for about $5 billion some five years after buying them for nearly the same price, in a deal seen by some as an admission that the telecoms giant’s data and digital advertising strategies were a failure.

05 May 2021

No new digital regulator needed, UK watchdogs say

Three regulators with powers over digital matters – including the UK’s data protection watchdog – have resisted calls to set up a new specialist enforcer that would oversee digital matters.

05 May 2021

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