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

The Commission’s SO to Apple and anticompetitive effects: A Rejoinder

In a recent blog post, Pablo Ibanez Colomo responded to the observations I had made on his reaction to the issuance of a Statement of Objections in the Apple music streaming case. In this post, I would like to briefly react to Pablo’s response, but also raise additional questions over the application of the so-called … Continue reading The Commission’s SO to Apple and anticompetitive effects: A Rejoinder

Further thoughts on the Commission’s Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

One of the great features of competition law as a discipline is that reasonable people can have different views on the application of the law to the same set of facts. There is therefore scope for discussion and, especially in the digital sector, passionate debates. In this respect, my reaction to the news that the … Continue reading Further thoughts on the Commission’s Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

The need for coordination among digital regulators: The example of the UK Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

Work on digital regulation in the UK continues apace.  The Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) is an initiative that brings together the four regulators who are most involved in digital matters – the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Ofcom, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and, since 1 April, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).    That’s a lot of anachronyms to digest, but don’t stop reading:  the DRCF is important!  It shows that the … Continue reading The need for coordination among digital regulators: The example of the UK Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

EU sends Apple Statement of Objections (music streaming services)

Just a few days after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission released its interim report on app marketplaces finding that "Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store have significant market power in the distribution of mobile apps in Australia," the European Commission addressed to Apple a Statement of Objections over its App Store rules for … Continue reading EU sends Apple Statement of Objections (music streaming services)

Competition Authorities must – really – deal with privacy.

Calls on Competition Authorities to give proper consideration to privacy and data protection concerns in their antitrust and merger investigations are not a new thing. Large digital platforms have long raised privacy and competition concerns due to their ability to collect troves of data from their business and consumer-facing products and use them internally as they deem … Continue reading Competition Authorities must – really – deal with privacy.

What can we learn from Apple and Epic Games’ Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law in their US litigation?

With the bench trial in the Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple starting on 3 May 2021 and in the broader context of the various investigations launched against Apple by the European Commission, the Dutch ACM and the UK CMA, the purpose of this blog post is to discuss some of the most interesting aspects (at … Continue reading What can we learn from Apple and Epic Games’ Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law in their US litigation?