Japan: Regulator to set rules for data-sharing tie-ups

Japan: Regulator to set rules for data-sharing tie-ups

According to a report from Nikkei, Japan’s antitrust regulator will craft rules for cross-sector partnerships in high-tech fields like automated driving and connected devices, seeking to prevent monopolies on big data and intellectual property. In planning conferences starting in December, the Japan Fair Trade Commission’s (JFTC) Competition Policy Research Center aims to clarify at what […]

UK: Global politicians question Facebook over data collection

UK: Global politicians question Facebook over data collection

Politicians from around the world today said they are ‘deeply disappointed’ at Mark Zuckerberg and posted a picture of his empty chair on the internet when he refused to appear before them at the UK Houses of Parliament. The Facebook boss was ’empty chaired’ when he snubbed a special meeting of politicians from nine different […]

Acquisitions in the Third Party Tracking Industry: Competition and Data Protection Aspects

Posted by Social Science Research Network Acquisitions in the Third Party Tracking Industry: Competition and Data Protection Aspects By Reuben Binns (University of Oxford) & Elettra Bietti (Harvard) Amid growing concern about the use and abuse of personal data over the last decade, there is an emerging suggestion that regulators may need to turn their […]

EU: Vestager opens probe into Amazon

EU: Vestager opens probe into Amazon

Amazon’s business model is under the spotlight in Europe after the EU’s antitrust watchdog launched a preliminary investigation into how the platform uses data about merchants, reported the Wall Street Journal. The informal probe concerns the e-commerce group’s dual role as a competitor while simultaneously acting as host to third-party merchants, who sell goods on […]

Australia: ACCC warns telcos against ‘unlimited’ services

Australia:  ACCC warns telcos against ‘unlimited’ services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken a dim view of mobile telcos’ “unlimited” data services that came partially impaired by a 1.5Mbps speed limit. ACCC chairman Rod Sims today warned telcos against trying to launch similar products in future, noting it had investigated Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Telstra and Vodafone’s data plans […]

EU: Mundt says Facebook data is an antitrust issue

EU: Mundt says Facebook data is an antitrust issue

If Facebook’s terms and conditions on data access are not in line with data protection and privacy rules, that should be an issue for competition agencies to deal with, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said. While the EU legislators urge action, Zuckerberg’s business is already under antitrust scrutiny in Germany. The Federal […]

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

EU: Mammoth new data-protection law comes into effect

Global Data Protection Rules (GDPR) will be applicable in Europe from May 25, 2018, and businesses, if not compliant, will see hefty penalties. Protection of consumer data is an oft-spoken subject the world over, and Europe will soon become the first to enforce regulation with regard to it. The regulation was passed in April 2016, […]

US: Senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location tracking

US: Senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location tracking

Two US senators have asked the nation’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take another look at Google’s location harvesting. Democrat Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey fired off their request-that-can’t-be-ignored late last week, asking the FTC to “open an investigation into the potential deceptive acts and practices used by Google to track and commoditize American […]

EU: Zuckerberg to meet with EU Parliament over use of data

EU: Zuckerberg to meet with EU Parliament over use of data

  Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data, reported the New York Times. The hearing will “hopefully” take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament. EU politicians are set to grill Facebook’s chief executive regarding […]