Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

WhatsApp’s privacy policy under fire in India

India’s competition watchdog has launched a full abuse of dominance investigation into Facebook-owned WhatsApp over its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which force users to consent to the sharing of their data across the company’s wider ecosystem.

25 March 2021

German court sends Facebook questions to ECJ

The European Court of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the German competition authority’s high-profile Facebook case, after a local court referred several questions to it about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

24 March 2021

Unilever fined €51 million for freezing out competition in Turkey

The Turkish Competition Authority has become the latest antitrust enforcer to penalise Unilever for imposing exclusivity requirements on distributors that sold its ice cream brands, hitting the company with a €51.6 million fine.

23 March 2021

Apple pushes to pause Australian fight against Epic Games

Apple has urged an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ allegations that it illegally maintains its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payment on its mobile platform while nearly identical claims play out in US court.

23 March 2021

Turkish court overturns abuse ruling on double jeopardy grounds

Turkey's highest administrative court has upheld the Turkish Competition Authority's decision not to fine Diageo's local subsidiary for foreclosing rival gin and vodka suppliers, finding the enforcer had already fined the company for the conduct in a different product market.

19 March 2021

EU enforcer emphasises sustainability considerations in predatory pricing probe

The European Commission has opened an abuse of dominance investigation into Greece's largest electricity supplier over suspicions it charged predatory prices, while making a point to flag how the possible infringement may have chilled investment in greener energy.

17 March 2021

Apple fights off interim measures request in France

Apple has successfully defeated an application asking France’s Competition Authority to temporarily suspend proposed changes to the company’s privacy policy, after the agency ruled that the planned amendments do not appear to infringe abuse of dominance rules.

17 March 2021

Canadian government set to review competition rules

Canada’s government has agreed to review the country’s competition regime with an eye to legislative amendments, after politicians across parties argued that Canada’s Competition Bureau does not have the tools it needs to tackle labour market concerns.

16 March 2021

Korea orders booking platforms to scrap MFNs

Korea’s competition watchdog has ordered five online travel agencies – including Booking.com and Expedia – to remove clauses with accommodation providers that forced them to offer the same room rates on all booking platforms and their own websites.

16 March 2021

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