The UK’s regulatory regime for Big Tech: will the Government dare to make it more effective?

Photo by Mike on Pexels.com The British Government’s consultation on the design of the new regulatory regime for Big Tech (the “Consultation”) closed on Friday.  We gave our initial thoughts on this legislation back in July.  This blog post picks out some of the other important issues. For the most part, the Government has followed … Continue reading The UK’s regulatory regime for Big Tech: will the Government dare to make it more effective?

Private damages in the new digital regulations – A fine balance to tread

A picture of “astonishing diversity and total underdevelopment”. Thus spoke a 2004 Report that surveyed competition damages actions across the EU at the time. It took ten years from there to adopt the Damages Directive, which finally ensured that anyone who suffered harm caused by a competition infringement can effectively claim full compensation and gave … Continue reading Private damages in the new digital regulations – A fine balance to tread

Some thoughts on the joint NL-DE-FR paper on Strengthening the DMA and its Enforcement

On 7 September 2021, the Dutch, French, and German governments (the so-called “Friends of an Effective DMA”) published a joint paper focusing on two important aspects of the DMA proposal: (i) future-proofness and tailor-made remediation and (ii) the role of the national authorities. Like the first paper these governments published in May 2021, this is … Continue reading Some thoughts on the joint NL-DE-FR paper on Strengthening the DMA and its Enforcement

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

DMA proposal: Should there be a greater role for the Member States?

One of the striking features of the DMA proposal is that it only grants a minimal role to the Member States, the Commission opting for the centralization of the implementation and enforcement of the DMA at EU level. The question is whether this approach is desirable. It seems that Member States such as Germany, Belgium, … Continue reading DMA proposal: Should there be a greater role for the Member States?

Competition law and digital markets : Do we need a DG COMP 2.0 ?

In an earlier blog post, I discussed what could, or perhaps should, be the role of EU competition law in a post-DMA environment. That is an important question considering that if the DMA proposal is adopted, a range of issues that are traditionally addressed under EU competition rules will (also or instead) be addressed under … Continue reading Competition law and digital markets : Do we need a DG COMP 2.0 ?

What is a digital gatekeeper?

In the past couple of years, several reports have concluded that a small number of large digital platforms act as gatekeepers in that they are necessary gateways between business users and their prospective customers. This allows these platforms to take advantage of the dependency of these business users on their services by imposing unfair trading … Continue reading What is a digital gatekeeper?

What will be the role of EU competition law in a post-DMA environment ?

One of the questions that is regularly raised regarding the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) recently proposed by the European Commission concerns its relationship with and impact on EU competition law. In particular, will EU competition law and competition authorities continue to play an important role in digital markets once the DMA has been adopted? Or … Continue reading What will be the role of EU competition law in a post-DMA environment ?

The EU Digital Markets Act in 10 points

Yesterday the European Commission unveiled its much-expected proposal for a Digital Markets Act. Our general impression is that it is a solid and sophisticated piece of work with a fairly wide scope of application (i.e., going beyond the GAFA), which would place significant constraints on digital gatekeepers. Here is our (very preliminary) analysis in 10 … Continue reading The EU Digital Markets Act in 10 points