Topic: Digital markets

German enforcer overstepped by invoking GDPR, Meta tells ECJ

Meta’s counsel has told the European Court of Justice that Germany’s antitrust authority had no jurisdiction to issue a GDPR-based finding that the company abused its dominant position on the social media market by collecting and processing data without consent.

11 May 2022

Apple and Google oppose Australia’s proposed regulatory reform

Apple and Google have pushed back against a possible new regulatory framework for digital platforms in Australia, with the former arguing that the proposals target hypothetical rather than existing problems.

10 May 2022

Match Group accuses Google of exploiting power in Android app distribution market

Dating application Match Group has sued Google over its alleged illegal monopolisation of the market for distributing apps on Android devices, in the latest lawsuit targeting the technology giant for its app store practices.

10 May 2022

ECJ set to clarify antitrust/data interface

The outcome of a European Court of Justice hearing tomorrow could increase technology giants’ exposure to European competition law – and answer questions about large companies’ ability to rely on consent to collect and combine personal data.

09 May 2022

DOJ cements policy changes with Justice Manual updates

The Department of Justice has made significant revisions to the antitrust section of the Justice Manual, a move that experts say is designed to make the Biden administration's policies more transparent and durable.

05 May 2022

Vestager promotes role of national authorities in DMA enforcement

The leader of the EU’s competition watchdog has emphasised that national authorities are the “eyes and ears on the ground” when it comes to enforcing the Digital Markets Act, but said she is still undecided on the need for wider merger control reform.

05 May 2022

Dutch enforcer launches Google Play abuse probe

The Dutch antitrust watchdog has opened a preliminary investigation into Google Play for prohibiting application developers on its app store from using alternative payment options, which comes just days after the enforcer revealed Apple is still in breach of an order that seeks to remedy similar conduct.

05 May 2022

Coscelli responds to purported DMU shelving

The UK’s Digital Markets Unit still has funding and supporting legislation remains on the cards, the head of the country’s Competition and Markets Authority has said in response to rumours that the government will not give the unit statutory powers this year.

05 May 2022

Enforcers clash over expanding their mandates

The president of France’s Competition Authority has pushed back against assertions from his UK, US and German counterparts that the mandate of competition agencies should include other legal or social policies.

04 May 2022

Germany subjects Meta to heightened scrutiny under 19A

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has welcomed Meta’s decision not to appeal against its designation as a company with “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

04 May 2022

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