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EU publishes preliminary results of smart device study

The initial findings of the European Commission’s inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things have revealed concerns about the role of voice assistants as intermediaries between consumers and smart devices.

09 June 2021

KFTC expands tech taskforce

Korea’s competition authority has expanded its technology taskforce to include a division focused on digital advertising and committed to putting more resources into the division probing in-app payments.

07 June 2021

OECD urges caution over Singapore’s block exemption for liner shipping

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged Singapore’s government to carefully analyse whether the country’s block exemption for liner shipping agreements is fit for purpose ahead of its potential renewal later this year.

04 June 2021

OECD recommends competitive fix for Indonesian logistics market

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged the Indonesian government to fix “structural and regulatory shortcomings” that are harming competition in the country’s sprawling logistics market.

27 May 2021

Dutch watchdog launches cloud services market study

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has begun studying the cloud services market to better understand how it functions and to identify any potential competition problems.

18 May 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (14 May 2021)

Australia’s competition authority has launched a civil cartel case against a building management company for trying to rig a tender called by the country’s national art gallery. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has walked back a proposed mandatory update to its terms of service and privacy policy in India, two months after the country’s competition watchdog launched an abuse of dominance investigation into that policy.

14 May 2021

Turkey backs digital gatekeeper regulations

The Turkish Competition Authority has recommended that major digital platforms be regulated by a series of new rules, including a requirement to notify all transactions regardless of whether they fall below current thresholds.

13 May 2021

French digital payments study raises foreclosure concerns

France’s Competition Authority has warned that the evolution of the digital payments sector could enhance the dominance of big technology companies such as Apple and Google, while also flagging potential concerns about major platforms foreclosing smaller rivals.

29 April 2021

ACCC puts Apple and Google on notice over app marketplace dominance

Australia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple and Google are dominant distributors of mobile apps and recommended that they provide consumers with greater choice to change pre-installed apps and allow developers to offer alternative payment options.

28 April 2021

Phillips encourages FTC study of rules rolled back during covid-19

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips is calling on his agency to analyse the impacts of rules and regulations that state and local governments have retracted amid the covid-19 pandemic.

09 April 2021

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