Topic: Big data

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

Google pushes through Fitbit deal without approval in Australia and US

Google has closed its US$2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit despite ongoing antitrust reviews in Australia and the US.

15 January 2021

Facebook hit with interim measures over WhatsApp data policy

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has banned Facebook from using WhatsApp user data to boost its other services as the agency probes whether the company’s recently-announced new data merging policy infringes competition law.

12 January 2021

EU conditionally clears Google/Fitbit deal

Critics have accused the European Commission of hiding behind privacy rules to avoid tackling some of the competition issues posed by Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, although others believe it was right for the enforcer to approve the deal subject to decade-long data remedies.

18 December 2020

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

Amnesty International: Google’s data dominance poses human rights risks

Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to examine alleged human rights risks associated with Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, but experts warn that such an assessment is outside the enforcer’s competition law remit.

30 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.

17 November 2020

EU sends chargesheet to Amazon and launches new abuse probe

The European Commission has formally accused Amazon of abusing its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, while also opening a second probe into the platform’s e-commerce business.

10 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

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