Topic: Digital markets

UK probes Google Chrome privacy changes

The UK’s competition authority has launched its first-ever abuse of dominance case against one of the four ‘big tech’ companies, as it scrutinises Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies and other functions from its Chrome internet browser.

08 January 2021

Romania fines online marketplace for self-preferencing

Romania's Competition Council has fined the operator of the country's leading online marketplace a total of €6.7 million for abusing its dominance by displaying its own products more favourably than competing sellers on its platform.

05 January 2021

China ramps up digital enforcement with Alibaba probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an antitrust probe into homegrown technology giant Alibaba over concerns that it forces merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

04 January 2021

RentPath/CoStar deal collapses after FTC challenge

Rental listings platform RentPath Holdings has abandoned its proposed sale to CoStar Group after the Federal Trade Commission sued to block the transaction.

04 January 2021

Australia rejects Google/Fitbit commitments despite EU approval

Google’s promise not to use certain data collected through wearables to boost its advertising business for 10 years does not alleviate concerns that its acquisition of Fitbit would harm competition, Australia’s antitrust watchdog has said.

22 December 2020

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

States accuse Google of abusing monopoly power in online advertising

A Texas-led coalition of 10 state attorneys general has sued Google for allegedly using a series of anticompetitive tactics to cement and maintain its dominance over online advertising.

17 December 2020

Indian Supreme Court axes Uber complaint

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Uber and Ola do not operate hub and spoke cartels through their pricing models, although it set aside a lower court’s ruling that only injured parties can raise a complaint with the country’s competition watchdog.

16 December 2020

EU reveals draft gatekeeper rules

The European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act contains a long-awaited definition of “gatekeeper” platforms that will be forced to notify the enforcer about their every acquisition and abide by a host of new rules if the proposed bill becomes law.

15 December 2020

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