Competition/Antitrust

German court sends Facebook questions to ECJ

The European Court of Justice is set to weigh in on the German competition authority’s high-profile Facebook case.

25 March 2021

Italian competition authority issues another data fine

The Italian regulator responsible for competition law has fined a toll booth company for failing to properly explain to users how it processes their data – mirroring similar decisions by the same authority against Facebook.

22 March 2021

Apple fights off antitrust injunction request in France

Apple has successfully defeated an application asking France’s Competition Authority to temporarily suspend proposed changes to the company’s privacy policy, after the agency ruled that the planned amendments do not appear to infringe abuse of dominance rules.

18 March 2021

Criticism of “vague” Data Governance Act continues

The first law forming the EU’s ambitious data strategy has come in for criticism by members of European Parliament – in large part over the lack of clarity about what the legislation is for, echoing earlier concerns within the European Commission.

17 March 2021

Texas AG adds cookie complaints to Google antitrust suit

The Texas attorney general has expanded his antitrust case against Google, adding allegations that the company’s anti-cookie policy is a ploy to entrench its position as a monopoly in the adtech space.

17 March 2021

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt without access to Facebook platform

BrandTotal says it could go bankrupt unless a US federal judge reverses Facebook’s decision to block it from the social media platform, with the company’s chief executive telling GDR that the tech goliath is trying to legally bully the Israeli-based analytics firm out of existence.

16 March 2021

European Commission to probe adtech economics

The European Commission’s communications department is set to scrutinise the adtech ecosystem, GDR has learned.

15 March 2021

US senators mull data portability to boost competition

Data portability and interoperability took centre stage during a recent congressional antitrust hearing, with some senators touting the dual concepts as ways to increase competition in the tech sector.

02 March 2021

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

Get unlimited access to all Global Data Review content