Work Area: Competition & Antitrust

Australian consumer regulator opens data broker inquiry

Australia’s consumer watchdog has designated the data broker industry as the next target of its digital platform services inquiry, and invited information about its business practices to uncover possible competition and consumer issues in the sector.

11 July 2023

Legitimate interest lessons in the Meta GDPR/antitrust judgment

Practitioners say the European Court of Justice’s restriction of the availability of legitimate interest for personalised advertising may not affect certain types of advertising – although alternatives may prove more workable.

05 July 2023

German antitrust authority attacks messenger and video services’ data practices

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has criticised the businesses’ inadequate security practices and discovered possible GDPR breaches, including unlawful data transfers to third countries.

18 May 2023

UK Digital Markets Unit comes out of the shadows

The UK government has introduced long-awaited legislation to impose data-sharing requirements on the biggest tech companies, with the aim of increasing competition and aiding smaller challengers.

25 April 2023

FTC eyes cloud providers but stops short of subpoenas

A recent Federal Trade Commission request for information about cloud computing providers’ business and cybersecurity practices highlights the agency’s evolving enforcement priorities.

03 April 2023

Google offers to settle Italian data portability probe

Google has offered to facilitate the export of data collected through its services by third parties in a bid to end an Italian antitrust investigation.

22 March 2023

Meta UK class action gets second chance at certification

A UK tribunal has refused to certify a proposed £2.2 billion antitrust class action against Meta but allowed the claimant six months to amend what it said “went very badly wrong” – while warning that part of the case appears to fall outside the tribunal’s jurisdiction altogether.

22 February 2023

Meta predicts low take-up if UK class damages awarded

Meta’s counsel has said claimants would take up little of the “very small” per capita damages that might be awarded if a UK antitrust class action succeeds.

01 February 2023

Scott+Scott partners leave to form new litigation firm

A managing partner and the head of Scott+Scott’s Dutch antitrust litigation department have left the firm to found Lindenbaum, a new specialist plaintiff-side litigation firm.

01 February 2023

Meta: “Onerous” antitrust class action should not be certified

Counsel to Meta has said it is unclear how a £2.3 billion (€2.6 billion) proposed class action would be tried and urged the UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal to refuse certification.

31 January 2023

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