UK Digital Regulation: time to get into the detail

Photo by Marianna on Pexels.com The UK government has published its White Paper on the new regulatory regime for firms with Strategic Market Status (SMS), which is very likely to capture firms such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. The new legislation is therefore now officially government policy. At first glance, it will be a … Continue reading UK Digital Regulation: time to get into the detail

The Autorité de la concurrence fines Google € 500 million for not complying with interim measures in neighboring rights case

Today the French Autorité de la concurrence (the “Autorité”) handed down a damning decision finding that Google has failed to comply with an earlier interim measures decision adopted in April 2020 with respect to press publisher’s neighboring rights. The Autorité fined Google € 500 million and ordered Google to comply with its interim measures on … Continue reading The Autorité de la concurrence fines Google € 500 million for not complying with interim measures in neighboring rights case

The UK reform agenda

The former Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Lord Andrew Tyrie, has written a report setting out some suggestions to reform the competition regime.  This follows an FT opinion piece earlier this year, and his much-discussed letter to the Secretary of State in February 2019 advocating reforms to the competition regime. Lord Tyrie’s … Continue reading The UK reform agenda

EU probes Google’s ad tech business

Another day, another antitrust investigation into Google’s ad tech business. This time the probe was launched by the European Commission (the “Commission”), which has already fined Google three times for engaging in anticompetitive conduct. As readers of this blog are probably aware, Google’s practices in ad tech have captured considerable regulatory attention: the French Autorité … Continue reading EU probes Google’s ad tech business

Major new market study into mobile ecosystems

Following on from the announcement of a new antitrust investigation into Facebook (and indeed a Financial Times report that an Amazon case is imminent), the CMA has launched an ambitious market study into mobile ecosystems.  The CMA already has ongoing investigations into Google’s Privacy Sandbox and Apple’s approach to in-app purchasing; it has established the … Continue reading Major new market study into mobile ecosystems

CMA publishes commitments offered by Google with respect to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, seeks comments

Last Friday the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published a 93-page long notice of intention to accept commitments offered by Google in relation to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, inviting all interested parties to submit their observations. By way of reminder, the CMA launched an investigation back in January 2021 into Google’s removal of third-party … Continue reading CMA publishes commitments offered by Google with respect to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, seeks comments

Google fined € 220 million by French Autorité de la concurrence for breaching competition law in ad tech; offers commitments

Yesterday, the French competition authority (“Autorité de la concurrence”) handed down a landmark decision finding that Google has breached Article 102 TFEU and the equivalent provision of French competition law through anticompetitive conduct in ad tech. The Autorité imposed on Google a fine of €220 million and rendered binding a series of commitments (“engagements”) proposed … Continue reading Google fined € 220 million by French Autorité de la concurrence for breaching competition law in ad tech; offers commitments

Maintaining a level playing field when Big Tech disrupts the financial services sector

Hello from me to all Platform Law Blog subscribers!  I joined Geradin Partners last week, based in London.  I hope I can help the team shed light on some of the complex and fascinating issues that the blog covers. To kick off, Damien and I have written an article analysing the expansion of Google, Apple, … Continue reading Maintaining a level playing field when Big Tech disrupts the financial services sector

The CMA-ICO’s joint statement on competition and data protection law– A major step forward

It is often thought that data protection policymakers want your personal data to be held within big firms’ walled gardens and shared with no-one, while competition policymakers want big firms to be broken up and your personal data to be freely distributed among firms. Is that right, and if so, what are we going to do … Continue reading The CMA-ICO’s joint statement on competition and data protection law– A major step forward