Competition/Antitrust

Data concerns drive Amazon competition probe

The European Commission has formally accused Amazon of abusing its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, focusing on the way in which it uses merchant data.

11 November 2020

EU court orders virtual data room in Facebook probes

The EU General Court has set restrictions on the information that the European Commission can access as it investigates Facebook’s online marketplace and data practices in two separate probes.

06 November 2020

DOJ: Plaid data would jeopardise Visa monopoly

The US Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid claims the deal is designed to end the competitive threat posed by the smaller company’s financial data network.

06 November 2020

Italian enforcer launches Google online advertising probe

Italy’s Competition Authority has raided Google’s Italian office over allegations the tech company abused its dominance in the online display advertising market by preventing rivals from accessing user data.

05 November 2020

Q3 in data: advertising continues to drive covid-19 rebound

The world’s largest technology and cloud computing companies posted strong growth in the third quarter of 2020, with much of the growth attributed to a boost in targeted advertising.

30 October 2020

Ad bodies attempt to block Apple store privacy pop-up

A group of online advertising trade bodies has asked France’s Competition Authority to find that Apple’s new app store consent pop-up is anticompetitive.

29 October 2020

Report spots pitfalls with CCPA service provider exemption

Some businesses are using the CCPA’s service provider exemption to transfer data to adtech vendors without having that be considered a “sale” of information – but a recent report warns that this provision in California’s privacy law has multiple drawbacks.

23 October 2020

Analytics provider accuses Facebook of monopolising user data

Analytics company BrandTotal is seeking a court order that would prevent Facebook from blocking it from the social media platform, as the two parties ramp up a data-scraping dispute that has similarities to the long-running case between hiQ and LinkedIn.

22 October 2020

DOJ: Google’s monopoly power erodes user privacy

A long-awaited US Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit has accused Google of amassing monopoly power that has reduced user data privacy – and denied competitors the data they need to compete with the company.

21 October 2020

Brazil regulator settles with bank over fintech data abuse

Bradesco, one of Brazil’s biggest banks, has agreed to pay a €3.6 million fine and committed to sharing customer data with a financial technology app to end an antitrust investigation.

15 October 2020

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