ICOMP STATEMENT ON ICANN/ICE DECISION REJECTING COMMUNITY OBJECTION

Earlier this week, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise (ICE), a dispute resolution provider selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), rejected ICOMP’s efforts on behalf of the Internet search community to block Google from obtaining exclusive control of the “.search” generic top-level domain (gTLD). The ICE ruled … read more

ICOMP Response to Commission’s Announcement on the Google Antitrust Case

A settlement without third party review is a massive failure. Complaints and others must see Google’s proposed commitments, not just the Commission’s analysis of why they will work. Hard data from market tests proved that the previous settlement would not work – we need time and opportunity to ensure full technical assessment of how effective … read more

Openness is Key

Earlier this week a Reuters report suggested that the European Commission and Google were close to agreeing a settlement to bring an end to the long-running anti-trust investigation. More worrying was the suggestion in the report that this would be concluded without offering an opportunity for complainants and other interested parties to provide their feedback. … read more

ICOMP Response to Rumours of Settlement Without Market Test

Google’s initial two proposals were so monumentally ineffective the Commission was left with little choice other than to reject them, so unless their third iteration is a complete overhaul of what was has been previously offered, it should be rejected outright. If it is substantially different the Commission must see the usefulness of a market … read more

Davos: The future of intellectual property

Last week, the World Economic Forum published a report that examined the issues of freedom of expression, privacy and intellectual property in the digital world. The report was developed by over 100 experts in workshops and interviews through 2013 and focuses on two key markets – UK and Indonesia. In the UK, the challenge lies … 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

New Year, Same Issue – CNIL Levies Maximum Fine on Google for Privacy Violation

The CNIL, France’s data protection authority, announced yesterday this week that it was fining Google 150,000 euros, the maximum fine it could impose on a corporation, over the company’s privacy policy not adhering to EU privacy law. This conclusion follows a thorough investigation on behalf of all privacy enforcement agencies in the EU and beyond. … read more

Google’s 2nd commitments proposal will advance its commercial strategy to transition ‘organic’ search traffic into ‘paid’ traffic

ICOMP has today released a report analysing the contents of Google’s 2nd set of proposals and their likely impact. The paper, written by ICOMP Spokesperson, economics expert and former DG COMP official, Juan Briones, finds that that the proposed commitments do not address competition concerns but rather, serve to progress the commercial strategy of Google, … read more

Almunia says that Google’s proposals are “not acceptable”

This morning on Spanish Radio, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announced that Google’s most recent set of proposals in the ongoing European antitrust case are “not acceptable”. In the interview he also commented that these latest proposals do not “eliminate our concerns regarding competition and in particular regarding the way Google’s rivals in vertical search – … read more

Google’s Privacy and Competition Violations and the Consumer Harm

Nearly two years have passed since Google announced that it would implement a new privacy policy governing more than 60 of its services. The new policy, which Google imposed on users in March 2012, granted Google the power to combine all of the personal data it collects from users across these 60+ different services and … read more