Competition/Antitrust

Vestager defends Digital Markets Act

Margrethe Vestager has defended the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act and its provisions on data "gatekeepers".

24 February 2021

Facebook and BrandTotal set to square off in data scraping lawsuit

Facebook has asked a San Francisco federal court to dismiss antitrust claims by analytics company BrandTotal, as the two parties prepare for a motion hearing over whether to dismiss a data scraping lawsuit that bears resemblance to the long-running hiQ v LinkedIn litigation.

18 February 2021

Facebook hit with second Italian fine over data notices

Italy’s competition regulator has fined Facebook €7 million for its failure to clearly explain to users how it makes money from their data.

17 February 2021

French court fines Google for Ads abuse

A French court has ordered Google to pay a telephone directory operator over €1.2 million in antitrust damages and reinstate the company to its Google Ads platform.

12 February 2021

FTC acting chief hints at hardline enforcement approach

Acting US Federal Trade Commission chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has suggested the agency should use its full arsenal to tackle companies that have grown powerful off the back of troves of consumer data.

11 February 2021

No judicial overreach in Phones 4U disclosure order, UK court rules

Judges presiding over cartel damages claims can order defendant companies to ask their employees to hand over personal devices to be searched for evidence of collusion, a UK appeals court has ruled.

02 February 2021

Australian regulator sounds the alarm on Google data advantage

Australia's antitrust watchdog has said Google's "significant presence" and "data advantage" in the market probably gives it the ability and the incentive to preference its own business to the detriment of competition.

29 January 2021

Parler blames Amazon for data breach

Parler, the upstart social media app that has achieved notoriety in recent weeks as a platform for Trump supporters, has blamed Amazon for a massive hack that exposed its users’ personal data.

21 January 2021

UK probes Google Chrome privacy changes

The UK’s competition authority has launched its first-ever abuse of dominance case against one of the four ‘big tech’ companies, as it scrutinises Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies and other functions from its Chrome internet browser.

08 January 2021

Data is key to Google’s dominance, latest antitrust lawsuit says

The third major antitrust lawsuit in as many months has been filed against Google, this one describing a snowball-like effect of how data collection has made the company increasingly dominant in digital advertising over the years.

18 December 2020

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