EU: Vestager advocates regulating data access over breaking up big tech

EU: Vestager advocates regulating data access over breaking up big tech

According to TechCrunch the European Union’s  competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager,  has suggested that breaking up tech giants should be a measure of last resort, “To break up a company, to break up private property would be very far reaching and you would need to have a very strong case that it would produce better results […]

US: Simons wants Congress to expand the FTC’s enforcement powers

US: Simons wants Congress to expand the FTC’s enforcement powers

According to an interview by the The New York Times, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph J. Simons agrees with FTC critics who say it cannot protect Americans from the prying eyes of Big Tech. “We have this over 100-year-old statute that is our main authority,” Simons said in his first sit-down interview since becoming […]

Japan: Tighter regulations for Big Tech in the works

Japan: Tighter regulations for Big Tech in the works

According to a report from Reuters, Japan’s government plans to set up a new regulator to scrutinize big tech companies like Facebook and Google amid growing concerns about monopoly practices and the handling of personal data. The new regulator will examine competitive practices, the protection of personal data, and make antitrust recommendations, according to a […]

US: Republican Hawley welcomes joining Ocasio-Cortez in challenging big tech

US: Republican Hawley welcomes joining Ocasio-Cortez in challenging big tech

Missouri’s new senator, conservative Republican Josh Hawley, said Tuesday he would be amenable to working with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a mutual probe of the power and policies of big social media companies like Google and Facebook. Hawley, R-Mo., said Tuesday he and Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had not discussed joining together. But each has separately raised concerns about […]

EU: Vestager plans Big Tech policy report

EU: Vestager plans Big Tech policy report

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s top antitrust cop, is coming to the end of her term as antitrust enforcer, but not before she plans to release a report laying out a long-term plan to police the world’s largest tech companies. Vestager has tussled with many of the big name tech companies, including Google, Apple, Amazon, […]

Geo-blocking of Audio-visual Services in the EU: Gone with the Wind?

Geo-blocking of Audio-visual Services in the EU: Gone with the Wind?

January 2019 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: Geo-blocking of Audio-visual Services in the EU: Gone with the Wind? By Simonetta Vezzoso (Università degli Studi di Trento)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has earned a solid reputation as […]

Spotlight on the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

Spotlight on the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection

November 2018 Spotlight on the Federal Trade Commission’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection By Tianran “Tinny” Song (Labaton Sucharow)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   Introduction The Federal Trade Commission’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School featured a discussion […]

US: Delrahim concerned about big tech allegations

US: Delrahim concerned about big tech allegations

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust chief said Friday, September 28, he’s unsettled by allegations that the biggest US technology companies are suppressing conservative voices on their platforms. Whether the bias claimed by Republicans—which companies from Facebook to Google and Twitter have denied—is harmful “depends on what kind of bias we are talking about,” Assistant […]

US/EU: Vestager talks about big tech and Amazon

US/EU: Vestager talks about big tech and Amazon

On Wednesday, September 26, EC Commissioner Margrethe Vestager sat down at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York and discussed in an interview a number of topics currently of interest in the EU and in the US, primarily focusing on big tech. When asked about the recently announced probe into Amazon’s data practices related […]

US: FTC Chairman: we’re looking at big tech’s startup buys

US: FTC Chairman: we’re looking at big tech’s startup buys

At a conference hosted by Georgetown Law in Washington, DC, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said that the Commission is “thinking about what to do and how to bring cases” regarding big tech companies buying up small startups. YouTube and Instagram were both young startups when Google and Facebook bought them. More recently, […]