ICOMP Statement on European Parliament’s Resolution

“Given Google’s dominance in search and search advertising, and its persistent discrimination against rivals in downstream markets (such as video, maps, comparison shopping, travel, local etc), it is unsurprising that critics are concerned by what economists describe as ‘vertical leveraging’.  Structural solutions are commonly considered in such cases and have been successfully imposed in a variety of … read more

Structural Remedies in the Google Case?

Where there is both an opportunity and incentive to abuse a dominant position, there are two options for competition authorities. First, they can take effective action to place limits on future behaviour (ie prohibition) coupled with deterrent measures (ie fines).  This mainly addresses ‘opportunity’, though if the fines are sufficiently greater than the potential profit, … read more

MEPs Take the Lead in Google Case

ICOMP warmly welcomes the interest the EP and in particular MEPs Tremosa and Schwab have shown in this case.  As we have always said, the case is about the fundamental interests of European consumers and the EP is rightly focussed on their interests and indeed the Union interest at large. There was overwhelming consensus that … read more

For whom was Google really built?

In recent blogposts and speeches, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) has attempted to refute claims against his company about its prolonged and sustained anticompetitive practices. Google was built for users, not websites, he says. Adding insult to injury, he goes on to deny that Google promotes its own products and services to the detriment of … read more

Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more

What does online privacy really mean in the 21st century?

Online interactions nowadays permeate every layer of our society, changing the way that people learn, communicate, buy, sell, or search. In a few words, whatever we do, we leave our digital footprint behind; personal information about us, about our habits, our interests. In this context, the issue of online privacy becomes more relevant than ever … read more

Guest Blog: Publishers push for European Commission to reject ‘catastrophic’ Google antitrust deal

By Marc Pinter-Krainer, ‎Founder & CEO at One News Page, ICOMP Member European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is set to make a critical decision on Google antitrust deal before leaving office at the end of next month. Publishers across Europe and Microsoft joined forces to attack Google’s preliminary antitrust deal with EU regulators, urging Competition … read more

Reports Suggest Commission Demands More: ICOMP Response

The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets are this evening reporting that the European Commission may require Google to provide further concessions in the on-going antitrust investigation. If true, this development is to be welcomed with cautious optimism. ICOMP, and many others, have expressed deep concerns with the terms of Google’s third commitments proposal … read more

The ability but no incentive to divert traffic?

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the UK city watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is monitoring Google after fears were raised that the search/advertising giant is favouring its own price comparison services and indulging in anti-competitive behaviour towards rivals. Regular readers of this blog will recall, back in March 2011, ICOMP raised a number … read more