Topic: Digital markets

Portugal accuses mobile networks of Google search collusion

Portugal’s Competition Authority has accused the country’s four largest mobile operators of agreeing to withhold adverts from each other’s Google search results for telecommunications services.

20 July 2020

Chopra argues for more expansive antitrust remedies

Antitrust enforcers should use “holistic” remedies that borrow from data protection regulators to target digital platforms, including mandatory IP licensing and even the cloning of companies, Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra has said.

09 July 2020

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

Google and Facebook have recommended that the European Commission adopt a case-by-case approach when intervening in digital markets, while companies including Microsoft and Yelp have argued for a blanket ban on certain conduct.

08 July 2020

EU’s proposed market investigations tool attracts hesitant support

Several major platforms, trade groups and governments have cautioned the European Commission not to adopt new market investigation powers without first properly assessing the need for such a wide-ranging and influential tool.

06 July 2020

Media diversity concerns rooted in precedent, experts say

Several antitrust experts have cast doubt on the idea that a platform’s “censorship” of certain political views could amount to a viable theory of harm.

01 July 2020

CMA fines musical instrument makers

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two musical instrument suppliers and an online retailer a total of £5.75 million for resale price maintenance, using its findings to develop a new online price monitoring tool.

29 June 2020

House antitrust submissions: a consensus document

In preparing a bipartisan report on the state of competition in digital markets, the House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee has sought a diverse range of expertise.

29 June 2020

German court reinstates interim Facebook decision

Germany’s highest court has handed a major win to the country’s antitrust enforcer, ruling that Facebook must temporarily stop combining German users’ data on its platform with that gathered from its other services and third-party sites.

23 June 2020

Vestager lays out plans for big tech in post-coronavirus world

The EU’s competition commissioner says her agency is ready to discuss with lawmakers how it can make better use of rebuttable presumptions to maintain competition in markets dominated by large technology companies.

23 June 2020

EU lawmakers support competition policy reform

The European Parliament has passed a resolution advising the European Commission to adapt its competition enforcement tools and step up international cooperation, while calling for greater protection of industrial champions.

19 June 2020

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