MEPs Take the Lead in Google Case

ICOMP warmly welcomes the interest the EP and in particular MEPs Tremosa and Schwab have shown in this case.  As we have always said, the case is about the fundamental interests of European consumers and the EP is rightly focussed on their interests and indeed the Union interest at large. There was overwhelming consensus that … read more

For whom was Google really built?

In recent blogposts and speeches, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) has attempted to refute claims against his company about its prolonged and sustained anticompetitive practices. Google was built for users, not websites, he says. Adding insult to injury, he goes on to deny that Google promotes its own products and services to the detriment of … read more

Profiting from Free, One Year On

One year has passed since ICOMP published Profiting from free: the scourge of online piracy and how industry can help. The paper, written by the author and journalist Andrew Keen, provided a detailed look at how content is distributed, consumed, and monetised in today’s digital markets. It looked at the new business models being developed … read more

Geoffrey Manne’s Competition Anathema

Geoffrey Manne recently published a blog post defending Google’s abusive practices in the mobile space. The post is a mixture of mis-direction and inaccuracy that simply doesn’t hold up for anyone who scratches the surface. In the end, Manne’s post actually reveals why Google’s Android practices require in-depth investigation. Paid by Google As many of … read more

Why Data Matters

It is hard to imagine that any undertaking that has been found to contravene the law would then continue to operate as if nothing had happened. Incredibly, this is the scenario European citizens find themselves facing with Google’s privacy policy. Two years ago this month the Article 29 Working Party, on behalf of Data Protection … read more

Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS

On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support of the Commission’s long-running antitrust investigation of Google. In doing so, News Corp. added its voice to the growing chorus of European publishers, consumer organisations, Internet companies and many others who believe Google is abusing … read more

The Google Case: Where are we now?

The European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google has been underway since 2010.  Indeed, the Commission has been looking into Google’s practices since at least 2008.  Six years on, Google’s latest package of proposed remedies has been rejected and there is no prospect that a resolution will be found before Commissioner Almunia’s mandate expires. What happens … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more

What does online privacy really mean in the 21st century?

Online interactions nowadays permeate every layer of our society, changing the way that people learn, communicate, buy, sell, or search. In a few words, whatever we do, we leave our digital footprint behind; personal information about us, about our habits, our interests. In this context, the issue of online privacy becomes more relevant than ever … read more