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Digital authorities are unnecessary, US FTC official says

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.

12 November 2019

CMA: Brexit limits talk with government about big tech

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.

29 October 2019

French authority calls for digital unit

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

29 October 2019

Competition data remedies must change, US FTC commissioner says

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

25 October 2019

Gig workers should form agreements, says Vestager

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

24 October 2019

Google counsel: digital enforcement should not alter legal certainty

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.

14 October 2019

CADE president: challenges to merger decisions are important

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.

11 October 2019

EU enforcers clash over regulating the digital world

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

08 October 2019

Microsoft VP: enforcers need a test for data sharing

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.

08 October 2019

Lawyers disagree on the scope of damages liability from settlements

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

03 October 2019

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