ICOMP files Article 101 complaint

On 30 January 2013, ICOMP made a formal complaint to the European Commission that Google, Inc. has infringed the prohibition on anticompetitive agreements found in Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). While many of the antitrust complaints against Google that are currently being examined by the Commission’s DG … read more

2013: the year of data privacy

They do say that information is power and, as we mark International Data Privacy Day 2013, never has this time-honoured adage been more relevant. The twentieth century saw ideological wars fought over who should control the means of production – the factories, machines and tools used to produce wealth. Those battle-lines still exist (albeit between … read more

Almunia issues strongest warning yet to Google

Last night, the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia issued his clearest criticism to date of Google’s business practices, revealing to the Financial Times his “conviction” that Google “are diverting [search] traffic”. “They are monetising this kind of business, the strong position they have in the general search market and this is not only a dominant position, … read more

The FTC may have failed to stand up to Google but Europe must not shrink from the task

As anticipated in ICOMP’s blog post of 18 December 2012, it was announced yesterday that Google has resolved the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 20 month antitrust probe by “voluntarily” agreeing to implement certain changes to the way it conducts its search business. Yesterday’s announcement unveiled a voluntary agreement and consent decree on Google’s alleged … read more

Statement on “Deeply Disappointing” FTC Google Decision

ICOMP is deeply disappointed by the FTC’s decision today in its antitrust investigation of Google. The consent decree on Google’s standards-essential patents is weaker than what is already required under U.S. law.  Google’s use of these patents to block competing products from the market clearly hurts consumers, and it is far from clear that the … read more