Topic: Online platforms

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

Former Mexican telecoms chief accuses Apple and Google of leveraging market power

The former head of Mexico’s predecessor telecommunications authority has filed a complaint against Apple and Google with the country’s current regulator after the national antitrust enforcer rejected his same allegations.

12 September 2022

EU takes over Portuguese Google ad tech probe

The Portuguese Competition Authority has handed over a previously undisclosed investigation into Google to the European Commission after the authorities agreed that it overlaps with an EU probe launched into the same conduct last June.

12 September 2022

Dutch enforcer wants legislative fix for cloud competition concerns

The Dutch competition authority has proposed amendments to the draft European Data Act, after its cloud computing sector inquiry identified interoperability concerns in the already highly concentrated market.

05 September 2022

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