Conference Coverage

Digital authorities are unnecessary, US FTC official says

Digital authorities are unnecessary, US FTC official says

12 November 2019

Despite global calls to establish new digital authorities to tackle technology platforms and data collection, a US enforcer has said competition-related concerns need to be handled by antitrust experts.

CMA: Brexit limits talk with government about big tech

CMA: Brexit limits talk with government about big tech

29 October 2019

Brexit has affected discussions between the UK’s competition authority and its government about major technology companies, the chief executive of the authority has said.

French authority calls for digital unit

French authority calls for digital unit

29 October 2019

France’s Competition Authority wants a digital unit to handle online platforms, the head of the authority’s merger unit has said.

Competition data remedies must change, US FTC commissioner says

Competition data remedies must change, US FTC commissioner says

25 October 2019

A wider range of remedies must be imposed against companies that misuse data in an anticompetitive way, Rohit Chopra has said.

Gig workers should form agreements, says Vestager

Gig workers should form agreements, says Vestager

24 October 2019

EU competition rules do not prevent gig economy workers from entering into unions and negotiating the prices of their services, Margrethe Vestager has said.

Google counsel: digital enforcement should not alter legal certainty

Google counsel: digital enforcement should not alter legal certainty

14 October 2019

Enforcers should be wary about introducing tools specific to the digital sector because such measures would fundamentally reduce legal certainty, Google’s senior competition counsel has said.

CADE president: challenges to merger decisions are important

CADE president: challenges to merger decisions are important

11 October 2019

Third-party challenges to merger decisions by Brazil’s competition authority are “a very important part of the process”, the agency’s president has said.

EU enforcers clash over regulating the digital world

08 October 2019

Competition enforcers across Europe are divided over whether ex ante regulation is necessary to tackle market power in the digital economy.

Microsoft VP: enforcers need a test for data sharing

Microsoft VP: enforcers need a test for data sharing

08 October 2019

Antitrust enforcement can “shift the culture” in technology companies, but it is often not the best way to remedy harms in the digital economy, a senior Microsoft official has said.

Lawyers disagree on the scope of damages liability from settlements

Lawyers disagree on the scope of damages liability from settlements

03 October 2019

Mark Simpson and Laurent Geelhand have clashed on the possibility of companies calculating potential damages before reaching a settlement with competition enforcers.