CNIL Continues Investigation – UPDATE

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

Google’s submission: what happens next?

Google has submitted a settlement offer to remedy the effects of its anticompetitive behaviour. What happens next? Below is a simple flow-diagram which outlines the procedure we should expect to see the investigation following in the coming weeks. Kind regards ICOMP Legal Counsel

The Root of the Google Problem: a Conflict of Interests

Competition authorities in Europe and other jurisdictions are investigating claims by dozens of companies and associations that Google is abusing its monopoly power in search, search advertising, and other markets.  Many of these claims come down to a fundamental conflict of interests at the heart of Google’s business model which acts to the detriment of … 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

Online Travel Sector Faces a Significant New Challenge

Google has stepped up its assault on the online travel sector by announcing the acquisition of Frommer’s, the leading online and print travel guide business.   Frommer’s follows earlier acquisitions of ITA, the number one travel software and database provider, and Zagat, the leading restaurant review site.  These acquisitions are part of a strategy to leverage Google’s monopoly … read more

A busy week for ICOMP

This week ICOMP both put on a conference in Brussels and hosted a session at the Internet World Expo in London. Monday’s conference was on the subject of Privacy and Competition and focused on the best ways to improve privacy practices on the internet. This covered the ways in which regulators use the ‘carrot and … read more