Connect. Trust. Secure: Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

There is much discussion around the issue of international standards for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The European Union is currently debating the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet. Since the day ACTA was put forward by the European … read more

A closer look at the EC announcement and what it they means for businesses

Last week European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia outlined four areas of concern regarding Google’s business practices which “may be considered as abuses of dominance”. Although later in the week Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman claimed that he, along with the company had, “not heard the details, I’m not going to speculate on the details”, ICOMP believe that they are both clear and … read more

EC demands urgent remedies from Google

ICOMP welcomes today’s news that the European Commission has demanded that Google propose remedies within the next few weeks following a lengthy investigation into well documented allegations that the Internet giant is violating competition law. Google faced a series of serious and complex complaints by entities across the economy, such as the Association of German Magazine … read more

Internet may “disappear” without ads but privacy need not vanish with them

Last week the Internet Advertising Bureau (in association with ValueClick) published an interesting piece of research which sheds fresh insight into the way the British public views the relationship between its privacy and online advertising. In perhaps its most striking revelation, the report – based on 2,000 interviews carried out by Kantar Media – declares that the majority of … read more

A User’s Right to be Respected

The privacy practices of Google have recently come under increased scrutiny. Because Google collects huge amounts of personal data through its various services, often in ways and to a degree that many users do not appreciate, this is a welcome and unsurprising development. A survey carried out by Big Brother Watch showed that not only … read more

CCI Opens Investigation into Google’s Business Practices

This week the Times of India reported that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced that it had found “prima facie evidence  that Google had abused its dominant market position by being discriminatory in allotting keywords to matrimonial site Bharatmatrimony.com”. According to the article, the probe is to focus on AdWords – Google’s flagship advertising product and … read more

ICOMP Announces the Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V (VIR) as a New Member

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) is delighted to announce theVerband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V  (VIR) as our latest member. The Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) is the parent association of German online travel portals and represents its members interest along several core themes such as, security on the internet, trust, transparency, and quality standards. … read more

Connect. Trust. Secure: Children’s Safety online

Society has always held the view that it is the right of parents to protect their children against malicious and criminal behaviour; but is this still realistic in the era of new technologies and social networking, when children are the most IT savvy persons in a household? Is it only parents that bear the responsibility … read more