Topic: Digital markets

Apple fights off interim measures request in France

Apple has successfully defeated an application asking France’s Competition Authority to temporarily suspend proposed changes to the company’s privacy policy, after the agency ruled that the planned amendments do not appear to infringe abuse of dominance rules.

17 March 2021

Chinese government champions tighter tech enforcement

President Xi Jinping of China has reportedly called for stronger anti-monopoly enforcement and regulation of the platform economy, in a move that local lawyers believe will lead to a significant uptick in investigations and possibly even an expanded national competition authority.

17 March 2021

IMF recommends competition policy changes to address market power concerns

The rise in corporate market power in the US and other international economies could be addressed through pro-competition regulation and adjustments to competition policy, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

16 March 2021

China hits major tech companies with gun-jumping fines

China’s competition watchdog has issued maximum fines to some of the country’s largest technology companies for failing to notify past deals as part of its enforcement push in the digital economy.

15 March 2021

Antitrust bill will protect conservative news sites, Cicilline says

Representative David Cicilline has said he would be willing to make amendments to clarify that legislation aimed at balancing the power between news organisations and big technology companies would apply to conservative news sites such as Breitbart.

15 March 2021

Brazil imposes interim measures on food delivery app

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has imposed interim measures on a leading domestic food delivery application to stop it including exclusivity clauses in its contracts with partner restaurants, marking the first time the agency has issued such an order against a digital platform.

12 March 2021

Indian enforcer slams booking platform for delisting hotels

India’s competition watchdog has ordered booking platform MakeMyTrip to immediately relist two budget hotel chains after finding that the properties were removed as part of an anticompetitive agreement with one of their rivals.

12 March 2021

Republican senators see tech stifling speech but diverge on possible solutions

Republican members of the Senate antitrust subcommittee have raised concerns that technology companies are inhibiting free and open discussion but are signalling varying appetites to intervene.

12 March 2021

ACCC shifts focus to internet search and web browsers

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into two key areas of the digital economy – consumer choice when selecting internet search services and the supply of web browsers.

11 March 2021

Epic Games keeps pressure on Google in new Australian lawsuit

Epic Games has sued Google in Australia, accusing the tech company of abusing its control over the Android operating system to harm competition in the markets for payment processing and app distribution on the Google Play Store.

10 March 2021

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