Competition

Innovation is the engine that drives economies and technological progress.

Robust competition in online markets brings benefits to both consumers and businesses. It is the driving force behind online innovation and new content, as well as choice and low prices. In a competitive market, companies are forced to continue to innovate and thereby create new products and services which serve to energise the economy and empower consumers.

ICOMP believes that Regulators should apply existing competition laws in key online markets, including search and search advertising as well as other forms of online advertising, without overlooking the non-price aspects of competition, such as protection of data security and consumer privacy. They should also ensure that no company is allowed to abuse a dominant position by harming its competitors or by seeking to gain an unfair advantage in related markets.

Equally, the growth of the internet companies must act responsibly with the enormous amount of data that they are able to acquire. Non-transparent practices that limit or distort access to information, prevent competition, deceive users or keep them uninformed are particularly harmful and put the entire Internet ecosystem at risk.

The other ICOMP pillars are Security, Intellectual property and Privacy

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Competition in the News

EU Unlikely to Revisit Google Deal, Antitrust Chief Says The Wall Street Journal, March 18th, 2014
Google settlement is not the last word The Financial Times, February 5th, 2014
Google’s Ping Pong Match With EU Set for Reprieve Wall Street Journal, February 4th, 2014
E-commerce lessons from the 1990s The Guardian, January 8th, 2014
Google’s Europe Foes Show No Sign of Letting Up in 2014 Wall Street Journal, January 6th, 2014

ICOMP Blogs on Competition

ICOMP Open Letter March 5th, 2014 by admin Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – ... read more
ICOMP STATEMENT ON ICANN/ICE DECISION REJECTING COMMUNITY OBJECTION February 7th, 2014 by admin Earlier this week, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise (ICE), a dispute resolution provider selected by the ... read more
ICOMP Response to Commission’s Announcement on the Google Antitrust Case February 5th, 2014 by admin A settlement without third party review is a massive failure. Complaints and others must see Google’s proposed commitments, not just ... read more

Relevant White Papers

UK flag Foundem Initial Response to Third Google ProposalsMarch 11th, 2014
UK flag ICOMP Search Working Group White Paper: How Search WorksFebruary 14th, 2013
UK flagUK flagUK flag How Google Monopolised Online Mapping & Listings ServicesNovember 15th, 2012
UK flag Vielfalt im digitalen Medienensemble: Medienpolitische Herausforderungen und AnsätzeSeptember 25th, 2012
UK flag Vielfalt im digitalen MedienensembleSeptember 25th, 2012
UK flagUK flag A Second Look under the Antitrust MicroscopeJuly 3rd, 2012
UK flag Suchmaschinen, Marktmacht und MeinungsbildungMay 24th, 2012
UK flagUK flagUK flagUK flag Google under the Antitrust MicroscopeOctober 20th, 2011
UK flag Anatomy of Search Results: The widening reality gapJuly 22nd, 2011
UK flag Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail SectorJune 1st, 2011
UK flag Submission to the Book Industry Strategy GroupApril 26th, 2011
UK flag The Perils of Dominance: Exploring the Economics of Search in the Information SocietyMarch 18th, 2011
UK flag Why Search MattersMarch 18th, 2011
UK flagUK flag Imperatives for a healthy, secure and competitive InternetOctober 6th, 2009