Microsoft Joins Growing Chorus of Concern against Google Dominance

ICOMP member, Microsoft Corporation today announced its decision to join a growing number of advertisers, publishers, content owners and consumers across Europe expressing their concerns about Google’s dominance in the online search market to European antitrust regulators. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel announced in a blog post this morning that the company is … read more

French Privacy Watchdog Bites

On 21 March 2011, the French Data Protection Authority (La Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL) announced that it had imposed a record fine of €100,000 on Google for legal infringements relating to Google Maps, Street View and Latitude. The background was the collection of personal data by Google from unsecured Wi-Fi … read more

ICOMP celebrate 10th Council Meeting in Brussels

ICOMP has celebrated its 10th Council Meeting; its most successful to date. Over 60 attended the meetings in Brussels including professionals from across government, business, legal and academic experts. They gathered to discuss the key importance and complexity of the internet ecosystem that is the online search market. The key messages emerging from a lively … read more

Google further expands in vertical search

Google has announced its further expansion in vertical search with the acquisition of BeatThatQuote.com. BeatThatQuote.com is a UK-based price comparison engine that provides comparative information on a range of UK financial services products. According to the Financial Times, it competes with UK rivals such as Moneysupermarket.com and Comparethemarket.com as well as providing the underlying technology for … read more

Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth: ICOMP submits evidence

Following Friday’s deadline, ICOMP has today (March 7th 2011) published its written submission to Professor Ian Hargreaves’ Independent Review of IP and Growth (The Review). In submitting our evidence, which can be viewed here, we welcome the opportunity to respond to The Review and engage on a topic we see as fundamentally important to the sustainable … read more