Topic: Online platforms

EU finalises guidelines exempting gig workers from competition rules

The European Commission has adopted new guidelines clarifying when self-employed people, such as actors, musicians and gig workers, can collectively negotiate better working conditions without breaching the bloc’s competition rules.

29 September 2022

Korea raids Apple over excessive pricing allegations

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has reportedly searched Apple's local headquarters in response to a mobile gaming association’s complaint that the technology giant unlawfully charged game developers excessive in-app purchase fees.

28 September 2022

Enforcers in developing countries monitoring EU efforts to regulate Big Tech

Competition officials in South Africa and India have said both agencies are keeping a close eye on the implementation of EU’s Digital Markets Act but it is too early to say if the countries could enact similar regulation.

23 September 2022

UK telecoms regulator to probe Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud sector study

The UK’s Office of Communications is launching a study into the cloud services sector to identify any competition concerns arising from the market power of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

22 September 2022

Lawmaker urges CFIUS to force TikTok divestiture from ByteDance

Republican senator Josh Hawley has urged the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to force popular social media platform TikTok to sever all ties with its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance.

21 September 2022

AG Rantos: German enforcer entitled to assess GDPR in Meta case

Competition authorities can consider a company’s compliance with the EU’s data protection regulation when investigating a potential abuse of dominance, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

20 September 2022

Kanter urges holistic approach to tackle tech platforms

US antitrust enforcers must focus on ways to “unplug the monopolisation machine” across the digital sector rather than singling out individual forms of conduct in a single market, the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

20 September 2022

Indonesia opens abuse probe into Google’s Play Store payment policy

Indonesia’s Competition Commission has launched an investigation into Google on suspicion the company abused its dominance and engaged in discriminatory practices in the app distribution market.

16 September 2022

EU secures Google Android win, but exclusivity analysis rebuked again

The EU’s General Court has largely upheld the European Commission’s Google Android decision but cut its €4.3 billion fine by over €200 million due to procedural and substantive errors relating to the enforcer’s exclusivity allegations.

14 September 2022

Google faces follow-on actions for self-preferencing in online ad market

Publishers will file follow-on damages claims against Google in the UK and the Netherlands, seeking up to €25 billion in compensation after France’s Competition Authority sanctioned the technology company last year for favouring its own online advertising services over rivals.

13 September 2022

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