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

ICOMP Statement: EU Privacy Ruling and Google

David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel today said: “ICOMP welcomes Google’s acknowledgement that it is subject to the laws of the EU and its member states – something which it has often tried to ignore or challenge. Whilst the ECJ ruling has far reaching consequences we believe that much of the concern over damage to free-speech, … read more

Loss of Innovation and Google’s Abusive Practices

In economic theory, opportunity cost can be defined as the loss (real or potential) of some benefit as a result of a choice made between alternative goods or services. The opportunity foregone would have a clear value and could include the non-delivery of a new product or innovative service. This approach should be applied to … 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

ICOMP Comments on the publishing of details of Google’s settlement proposals

Commenting on the publishing of details of Google’s settlement proposals, David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel said: “This is an important and necessary step that allows third parties and consumer organisations to see the revised package. Google’s behaviour affects the whole online ecosystem and consumers in particular, so it is vital that all interested parties have … read more