Countdown to the ex ante regulation of online platforms: the Commission launches public consultation and publishes inception impact assessment

Yesterday marked the beginning of a busy summer on the regulatory front, as the European Commission fired the starting gun for the regulation of digital platforms.  The Commission launched a public consultation on the Digital Services Act (“DSA”), a much-awaited package announced in the political guidelines of the new Commission and in the Commission’s Communication “Shaping … Continue reading Countdown to the ex ante regulation of online platforms: the Commission launches public consultation and publishes inception impact assessment

BEUC raises concerns over the Google/Fitbit merger

Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit “has the potential to be a game-changer”, the European Consumer Organisation (“BEUC”) warns in a report published recently outlining the merger's competition concerns and harms to consumers. The effects of the combination of Google’s unparalleled market power across several digital markets and Fitbit’s exceptional dataset could be felt, according to … Continue reading BEUC raises concerns over the Google/Fitbit merger

“Digital Gatekeepers: assessing exclusionary conduct” – a report by e-Conomics and Radicand Economics

2019 saw regulators across the EU rethinking the effectiveness of existing competition rules in digital markets. Within this context, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate explored the possibility of adopting ex ante instruments to control “digital gatekeepers”, as part of its plan to modernize competition policy in relation to online platforms.  For this reason, the … Continue reading “Digital Gatekeepers: assessing exclusionary conduct” – a report by e-Conomics and Radicand Economics

BEUC argues that self-regulation of digital platforms is not enough

The EU Institutions are working towards the adoption of a Digital Services Act package to clarify the roles and responsibilities of online platforms, to maintain effective competition in markets characterised by large platforms acting as gatekeepers and significant network effects, and to tackle the dissemination of illegal content and the sale of illicit, dangerous or counterfeit … Continue reading BEUC argues that self-regulation of digital platforms is not enough

Facebook calls for regulation

In February 2020, Facebook issued a white paper calling for stricter regulation of harmful content online and for the creation of new type of regulator that will have “proficiency in data, operations, and online content.” Facebook advocates for a regulatory framework whereby governments, companies and civil society share responsibilities and work together to reduce harmful … Continue reading Facebook calls for regulation