No more second (or third, or fourth) chances

ICOMP has long said that Google’s proposed settlement is fatally flawed. It not only fails to address the core abuses raised by the commission, it also would serve to entrench Google’s dominance and give it a free hand to continue and expand its abuse across Europe. It is thus very encouraging to hear that commissioner Almunia … read more

ICOMP Open Letter

Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – Google I am writing on behalf of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) which is both a formal complainant in the Google case and includes a number of Council Members that are formal … read more

A proportional response? How lawmakers are unwittingly letting Google re-commit the crime

Last week we reported the news that Google had been fined the maximum levy from the CNIL, the French data protection authority, for their continuous violation of privacy regulation across Europe. At the time, Auke Haagsma, ICOMP commented: “the CNIL has levied the maximum possible fine on Google, citing the breadth and seriousness of its … read more

If at first you don’t succeed…

As has been expected, this morning the European Commission announced it would issue formal requests for information (RFIs) on the revised commitments proposed by Google to “complainants in the ongoing proceedings and from all those who responded to the initial market test.” It has been suggested that some 125 RFIs have been sent out and the Commission … read more

Google in last chance saloon

After over 2 years of formal inquiry and negotiation, the online industry is now set to have its say on whether Google’s proposed remedies will effectively end the abuse of its dominance, restoring competition to the marketplace. ICOMP welcomes the formal market testing phase of the Commission’s investigation as a significant step forward and possibly … read more

Against the Goliaths of the online marketplace the law must stand behind David, says Reding

Yesterday the European Commission’s Vice President Viviane Reding addressed the EU Consumer Summit on the issue of enforcement. Ms Reding reaffirmed the vital importance of consumer defences, particularly in times of economic crisis, saying that consumer spending accounts for 56 per cent of the EU’s GDP but that its full potential could only be tapped … read more

Caught again!

Another day, another Google privacy breach. This time no less than 30 US states have taken aim at Google for surreptitiously collecting sensitive personal data sent over their WiFi networks.  According to a press release fromAttorney General Jepsen of Texas, they have not only fined Google, but they have also ordered Google to “engage in a comprehensive employee … read more

Privacy Matters: CNIL Continues Investigation

On 16th February 2013, France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) announced that in response to Google’s Privacy Policy, it would be forming a working group “in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer”. The probe itself focused on the degree to which the Privacy Policy directly impacts … read more

ICOMP Statement: What’s required for a successful settlement?

“To be seen as a success, any settlement must include specific measures to restore competition and allow other parties to compete effectively on a level playing field.” “Any settlement must include explicit acceptance by Google of its dominance and that it has damaged European businesses through its anti-competitive practices.” David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel ICOMP is pleased … read more