Competition/Antitrust

US state AGs: Google and Facebook colluded to undermine privacy

The antitrust lawsuit filed by a coalition of US state attorneys general against Google makes explosive allegations that the company intentionally undermined privacy in its pursuit of market dominance – including by colluding with Facebook to access WhatsApp data, and partnering with other Big Tech firms to stall privacy legislation.

17 December 2020

FTC scrutinises adtech

The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a probe into the adtech industry, ordering nine major social media and streaming platforms to provide records on how they collect and use consumer data for advertising.

15 December 2020

US enforcers: Facebook monopoly leaves it free to abuse privacy

The hotly anticipated antitrust lawsuits filed by US regulators against Facebook rely, in large part, on arguments that the company’s acquisitions of competitors have damaged consumer privacy across the entire internet.

10 December 2020

Regulators pressure Apple into data notice changes

Apple will soon add easy-to-understand notices on its app store explaining how apps use personal data, following pressure from an international group of consumer protection authorities.

09 December 2020

Antitrust class action lists litany of alleged Facebook privacy abuses

A class action lawsuit filed against Facebook claims that the company gained monopoly power by lying to users about its privacy policies and using data to identify and crush potential competition.

07 December 2020

FTC-mandated data sharing agreement to end early

A company has benefitted from a US Federal Trade Commission data remedy to such an extent that the authority has agreed to end a mandatory data-sharing agreement two years early.

04 December 2020

UK to launch new digital competition regime

The UK government has said it will establish a digital markets unit within the country’s competition authority to enforce new rules for powerful platforms like Google and Facebook.

27 November 2020

Data Governance Act formalises EU data-sharing plans

A proposed new EU law designed to stimulate large-scale data sharing across the bloc is being heralded as the biggest step in data regulation since the GDPR.

26 November 2020

UK enforcer urged to impose interim measures on Google

An alliance of technology and publishing companies has asked the UK’s antitrust watchdog to stop Google releasing technology that it claims will block publishers from accessing the cookies they use to sell advertising.

24 November 2020

Italy probes data collection in anti-fraud project

Italy’s Competition Authority is investigating whether an insurance industry group’s collection of data and use of algorithms for an anti-fraud tool could facilitate anticompetitive information-sharing and collusion.

19 November 2020

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