Topic: GAFA

A Q&A with Stefan Hunt

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority established a dedicated data analytics unit in 2018, tapping Stefan Hunt to build the team from scratch. Ahead of starting a new role at Keystone Strategy on Tuesday, Hunt spoke to GCR about the challenges of growing the CMA’s 50-strong data group, its role in some of the agency’s most important probes and how the sophisticated technology his team built is changing enforcement.

23 January 2023

Google must comply with far-reaching Android commitments after Indian ruling

India’s highest court has refused to suspend the national antitrust enforcer’s decision to fine Google €152 million and impose a slew of behavioural remedies on the technology company that will significantly alter its global Android business model.

20 January 2023

Mexico faces another jurisdictional battle as agencies launch parallel probes into Apple

Mexico’s competition authority and the country’s telecommunications regulator have reportedly launched parallel abuse probes into Apple over its App Store policies, in what could spark another jurisdictional battle between the two agencies.

17 January 2023

Google claims CCI remedies threaten India’s national security

Google has argued behavioural commitments imposed by the Competition Commission of India to remedy the technology company’s alleged anticompetitive Android restrictions pose threats to individual and national security.

16 January 2023

Google seeks summary judgment in DOJ case

Google’s success in online search is driven by its superior product, not exclusionary agreements with web browsers and phone manufacturers, the company has asked a federal court to rule.

13 January 2023

Germany accuses Google of data processing breaches

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it intends to force Google to adjust its data processing terms so users are given more choice over how the company harvests their information to leverage its market power across several digital sectors.

11 January 2023

Big Tech pushes back on suggested Indian digital competition bill

An industry association that represents many of the world’s largest technology companies has slammed a proposal for a digital competition law in India as “prescriptive, absolutist and regressive in nature”.

10 January 2023

Indian tribunal rejects Google’s request to stay Android decision

India’s specialist competition tribunal has denied Google’s request to suspend the national antitrust enforcer’s decision to fine the company €152.8 million and impose behavioural remedies for abusing its dominance over the Android mobile ecosystem.

04 January 2023

Meta/Within survey critiques are a “smokescreen”, FTC says

Meta Platforms and Within Unlimited are attempting to overshadow the Federal Trade Commission’s well-supported evidence by attacking a survey from its hired economic expert, the agency has said.

04 January 2023

How Big Tech could change the UK financial services sector

Big Tech is uniquely placed to introduce welcome competition to the financial services sector, disrupting incumbents and benefitting consumers across the financial ecosystem. Yet, linked to concerns about tipping effects in digital markets, regulators worry about the potential for these companies to rapidly scale up and potentially exploit market power. Linklaters partner Jonathan Ford and senior associate Simon Treacy explore the UK financial regulator’s initial thoughts on the convergence.

21 December 2022

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