Topic: Online platforms

CMA set to scrutinise music streaming platforms in latest digital market study

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has announced plans to study the country’s music streaming market, although it is yet to finalise the exact scope of its review.

19 October 2021

Lawmakers say they may ask DOJ to criminally investigate Amazon

Five members of the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee have said they are considering formally asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether certain Amazon employees lied during congressional testimony.

19 October 2021

Italy clears digital payments deal with remedies

Italy’s antitrust enforcer has conditionally cleared Nexi’s €4.6 billion purchase of rival SIA, concluding that the merged company’s dominant position will likely be constrained by new competitors in the future because of the rapid development of the digital payments sector.

15 October 2021

Enforcers back calls for joint approach to competition and data protection issues

A senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said enforcers should collaborate more closely with privacy regulators when tackling antitrust and data protection issues, while highlighting his agency’s efforts to bridge this gap in its probe into Google’s sandbox.

15 October 2021

Senate to introduce tweaked non-discrimination bill focused on tech platforms

A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit a select group of tech platforms from preferencing their own products and services in a way deemed harmful to competition.

15 October 2021

Google seeks stay of Epic Games suit in Australia

Google has asked an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ claims that it is abusing its control over the Android operating system to harm competition for payments and app distribution, despite an appellate court denying a similar request by Apple.

13 October 2021

Poland searches surveillance provider accused of RPM

Poland’s competition authority has raided the local subsidiary of video surveillance provider Dahua Technology and three of its distributors as part of a resale price maintenance investigation.

12 October 2021

Apple seeks to protect anti-steering rules as it appeals

Apple has asked a federal court in Oakland to stay a ruling that prohibits the iPhone-maker from enforcing its anti-steering rules as it appeals to a higher court.

12 October 2021

Russia blocks online advertising tie-up

Russia’s competition enforcer has blocked classified advertising platform Avito’s proposed purchase of online real estate marketplace Cian, citing concerns that the merged entity could be incentivised to abuse its dominant position.

11 October 2021

China slaps €460 million fine on food delivery platform

China’s competition enforcer has issued leading food delivery platform Meituan with its second-highest fine on record for forcing merchants to exclusively use its platform and pay a fee to do so.

08 October 2021

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