Topic: AI

Algorithms warrant scrutiny but no live cases yet, Japanese and Chinese enforcers say

Competition authorities in China and Japan are continuing to pay close attention to potential collusion through algorithms although neither agency is currently pursuing any cases in this area, officials at both enforcers have said.

26 August 2022

Russia fines Google €32.6 million over “opaque” YouTube terms

Russia’s competition watchdog has fined Google €32.6 million for abusing its dominance in the market for video hosting services by using “opaque” terms and conditions to arbitrarily suspend and block YouTube accounts.

27 July 2022

CMA using data science to screen evidence

The director of data science at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said work conducted by his unit now means the agency can more efficiently vet evidence submitted by parties in antitrust investigations.

16 June 2022

Kanter: Antitrust Division investing in technological expertise to address AI collusion

The head of the Antitrust Division has said that the agency is investing in technology and data expertise as it prepares to confront issues posed by the evolution of artificial intelligence.

05 May 2022

Spain fines real estate database companies for software collusion

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined two real estate companies and five software developers for imposing minimum commission rates through an online database, although the agency dropped allegations that they used algorithms to fix prices.

09 December 2021

Israeli court imprisons senior executive in AI cartel

A court in Israel has sentenced a former executive at a software company to five and a half months in prison for participating in a price-fixing cartel, as the country's judiciary continues a recent trend of imprisoning individuals for antitrust violations.

14 September 2021

Enforcers must embrace algorithms, Régibeau says

Competition agencies should consider using algorithms to detect potential “killer acquisitions”, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

24 May 2021

Consumer empowerment will spur competition online, academics argue

Shattering the “illusion of control” that consumers think they hold over their online choices is key to boosting competition in the digital economy, Ariel Ezrachi has said.

26 January 2021

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.

17 November 2020

Korean platform fined for search manipulation

Korea’s competition watchdog has penalised digital platform Naver nearly €20 million for manipulating search results in the online shopping and video sectors by displaying its own products at the top.

06 October 2020

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