Topic: Digital markets

Naver raided in Korea over criminal abuse of dominance allegations

The public prosecutor in Korea has raided Naver reportedly over criminal allegations that the e-commerce platform abused its dominance by preventing real estate information providers from selling data to its main rival.

16 August 2022

ACCC launches inquiry into social media services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into the state of competition for social media services, including how businesses use display advertising, sponsored posts and paid influencers to engage with and advertise to consumers.

16 August 2022

EU seeks independent studies on digital remedies and state of competition

The European Commission has issued two separate tender requests seeking external studies into the effectiveness of its remedies in past digital cases and the state of competition in the bloc.

12 August 2022

Korean telecoms regulator probes Apple, Google and local app store

Korea’s telecommunications regulator has launched an investigation into Google, Apple and One Store over the suspected violation of a law prohibiting application marketplaces from barring third-party payment providers.

11 August 2022

Turkey opens four antitrust probes in a week

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has opened four separate antitrust investigations into six digital platforms and a pasta supplier, as local lawyers suggest the enforcer is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and shifting its focus away from merger control.

10 August 2022

New Zealand to let news companies collectively negotiate with Meta and Google

New Zealand’s competition watchdog has provisionally decided to allow the News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand to collectively negotiate with Meta and Google over the terms and conditions for displaying news content.

10 August 2022

Former CMA chair files first UK crypto competition class action claim

Lord David Currie, former chair of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, has filed the country’s first proposed collective antitrust action in the digital assets market, seeking over £9.9 billion in damages from four leading cryptocurrency exchanges.

04 August 2022

CMA unwinds real estate software merger

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has ordered two real estate technology and software providers to unwind their already completed merger after its Phase II probe concluded the deal would eliminate one of the main businesses in the relevant market.

03 August 2022

Indian tribunal: WhatsApp privacy update was not an abuse of dominance

India’s specialist competition tribunal has held that WhatsApp did not abuse its dominance by introducing a new privacy policy in 2016 since it allowed users to opt-out of sharing their data with its parent company Facebook.

03 August 2022

Overlapping class actions present novel scenario for Portuguese regime

Two recently filed parallel opt-out class actions against Apple and Google that mirror a pair of lawsuits launched against the same companies earlier this year will force Portugal’s specialist competition court to decide for the first time how to handle overlapping claims.

29 July 2022

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