US: Senate Commerce Committee wants a word with Google, Amazon, Twitter

US: Senate Commerce Committee wants a word with Google, Amazon, Twitter

AT&T, Twitter, Alphabet’s Google and three other major web and internet service companies plan to testify before a US Senate panel later in September to lay out their consumer data privacy practices. According to a report in Reuters, the companies – which also include Amazon, Apple and Charter Communications – will appear before the Senate […]

US: Arizona AG investigating Google

US: Arizona AG investigating Google

Arizona’s top prosecutor is investigating Google for its location tracking practices, the Washington Post reported. The investigation follows the revelation that Google continues to store users’ location data even if they have turned off Location History. According to a public filing cited by the Washington Post, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has hired an outside […]

How to Reform the Law on Abusive Practices: The study that will serve as a basis for reform in Germany (and Europe?)

How to Reform the Law on Abusive Practices: The study that will serve as a basis for reform in Germany (and Europe?)

September 2018 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) & Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) presents: How to Reform the Law on Abusive Practices: The study that will serve as a basis for reform in Germany (and Europe?) By Rupprecht Podszun (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   Germany […]

US: State AGs mull tech regulation

US: State AGs mull tech regulation

US state attorneys general are working together to figure out the best way to regulate internet powerhouses such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, the state officials are working on a legal strategy to deal with alleged antitrust violations and data-privacy abuses, as well as what some claim is a […]

US: Google a no-show at DC tech hearings

US: Google a no-show at DC tech hearings

Larry Page, the chief executive of Alphabet, declined the invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, September 5, despite testimonies from two of his industry peers, reported the Wall Street Journal. The absence of Google was a major disappointment for lawmakers on the Committee, who kept a seat open in the hearing […]

Germany: Merkel wants to limit internet giants’ dominance

Germany: Merkel wants to limit internet giants’ dominance

Germany, seeking to rein in internet giants like Google and Facebook, plans to bolster the powers of its competition watchdog to prevent such companies from becoming monopolies even before they achieve scale, reported Reuters. On Tuesday, September 4, an initiative was announced that includes blocking big players from taking over smaller rivals. It follows up […]

US: Tech Industry Hearings to start Wednesday

US: Tech Industry Hearings to start Wednesday

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are likely to face questions about political content, antitrust concerns and consumer privacy at hearings that begin Wednesday, reported the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday’s hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee are expected to include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and a representative of Google, as yet […]

US: Google, Facebook, Amazon may be “antitrust situation” says Trump

US: Google, Facebook, Amazon may be “antitrust situation” says Trump

According to an interview last week with Bloomberg News, US President Donald Trump is stepping up his criticism of technology firms. Trump says they are favoring liberal points of view and said they may be in a “very antitrust situation.” But Trump repeatedly said he can’t comment publicly on whether they should be broken up. […]

US: Senator Hatch: FTC should investigate Google

US: Senator Hatch: FTC should investigate Google

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potential anti-competitive effects in Google’s search and digital advertising practices shortly after President Donald Trump made several unfounded or false claims about anti-conservative bias on Google search. Hatch sent FTC chairman Joseph Simons a letter Thursday, August 30, in which he expressed […]

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