Italy: Facebook fined €10M

Italy: Facebook fined €10M

Italy’s antitrust authority announced Friday, December 7, that it had handed Facebook two fines adding up to €10 million (US$11.4 million) for alleged breaches of the consumer code. The regulator claims that the company’s default setting of Facebook services “prepares the transmission of user data to individual websites/apps without express consent” from users. The two […]

US: Facebook shares user data with other tech giants

US: Facebook shares user data with other tech giants

Facebook reportedly formed data-sharing partnerships with dozens of device makers, including Apple and Samsung, giving them access to information on users, as well as on users’ friends. The New York Times revealed the extent of the partnerships on Sunday, June 3, shedding new light on the social media giant’s behavior related to customer data in […]

US: Uber under FTC investigation

US: Uber under FTC investigation

Adding to the embattled ride-hailing company’s troubles, Uber is now reportedly under investigation for privacy violations by the Federal Trade Commission. Currently it’s purely speculation exactly what has the FTC investigators interested in Uber, which was reported Thursday by Recode. The site speculated that it could be the employees’ use of “god view,” a tool […]

Enforcement In Digital Markets

Enforcement In Digital Markets

By Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch- Andreas Mundt, president of the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”), recently emphasized the important role of competition authorities in tackling antitrust concerns related to digital markets. The FCO has been at the forefront of competition law enforcement in Europe when it comes to the digital economy. It is fair to […]

Big Data, Privacy And Competition Law: Do Competition Authorities Know How To Do It?

Big Data, Privacy And Competition Law: Do Competition Authorities Know How To Do It?

By Alfonso Lamadrid & Sam Villiers – According to Prof. Dan Ariely “Big data is like teenage sex; everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.”Recent moves suggest an evolution in the thinking of competition authorities. Is competition […]

Big Data, Big Concerns?

Big Data, Big Concerns?

By Maikel Van Wissen & Lodewick Prompers –  The role that big data plays in the financial services industry is changing at a rapid pace. Data is no longer a lump of facts but rather a vibrant source of insight leading to innovative products and better business decisions.As a result, big data is transforming the processes […]

The Intersection of Consumer Protection and Competition in the New World of Privacy, II

Julie Brill, May 20, 2011 Privacy issues are becoming increasingly important during this time of rapid technological advance. This article addresses the important question of how the FTC might balance the consumer protection concerns arising in the context of privacy with competition issues. It will first examine the basic principles of consumer protection and competition law, the two core […]

Applications Want to be Free: Privacy Against Information

Michael Hammock, Paul Rubin, May 20, 2011 The debate over online privacy pays too little attention to the costs and benefits of the current systems of privacy protection and advertising-supported online applications. The costs of online privacy-related harm (such as identity theft) and of protective activities are small relative to the benefits from applications that are supported by online […]

The Intersection of Consumer Protection and Competition in the New World of Privacy

Julie Brill, May 20, 2011 Privacy issues are becoming increasingly important during this time of rapid technological advance. This article addresses the important question of how the FTC might balance the consumer protection concerns arising in the context of privacy with competition issues. It will first examine the basic principles of consumer protection and competition law, the two core […]