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Google won’t end support for tracking cookies unless UK’s competition watchdog agrees

Well this is big. The UK’s competition regulator looks set to get an emergency brake that will allow it to stop Google ending support for third party cookies, a technology that’s currently used for targeting online ads, if it believes competition would be harmed by the depreciation going ahead. The development follows an investigation opened by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into Google’s self-styled ‘Privacy Sandbox’ earlier this year. The regulator will have the power to order a s...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, European Union, Web Browsers, Rome, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Mountain View, Brussels

Google Agrees to UK Oversight, and a 60-Day Buffer, for Cookie Replacement

The tide might be turning on Google's stranglehold over ad tech. The U.K. markets watchdog, The Competition and Markets Authority, will play a role in how Google architects a third-party cookie replacement to ensure it's not anti-competitive. Google has also committed to addressing concerns from the CMA that it will not use data from its...
Tags: Google, UK, Advertising, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Platforms, Programmatic

Amazon Gets UK Antitrust Scrutiny On Data Usage, FT Says is getting U.K. antitrust scrutiny into how it uses data from smaller sellers on its site, the Financial Times reported, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. From a report: The Competition and Markets Authority has been analyzing Amazon's business for months, according to the newspaper. While the regulator hasn't yet announced an investigation, it may focus on whether Amazon favors merchants that use its logistics and delivery services, the report said. Silicon Valley gia...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Tech, European Union, Silicon Valley, Competition And Markets Authority, Financial Times, Google Facebook, Amazon TM

Lockdown refunds: why are Ryanair and BA being investigated?

Airlines may have broken law by refusing refunds for flights customers could not legally takeBA and Ryanair investigated by CMA over lockdown refundsBritish Airways and Ryanair are being officially investigated over whether they treated customers unfairly during the pandemic by failing to offer them flight refunds.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was looking to see if the two airlines had broken consumer law, and indicated it was on the side of consumers on this issue. It has ...
Tags: Business, Money, Travel & leisure, Consumer affairs, Regulators, Ryanair, Airline Industry, Consumer Rights, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, British Airways, Competition and Markets Authority CMA

Coronavirus live: UK minister warns against making wedding plans as cases rise; Malaysia’s ICU beds ‘all full’

Robert Jenrick says ‘clearly rising’ UK cases makes planning weddings a risk; Malaysian pandemic is ‘critical’ after daily cases top 9,000Europeans’ confidence in EU hit by coronavirus responseSan Francisco may be first major US city to hit herd immunity, experts sayEuro 2020 fans must have vaccine or test for Wembley games What could delay in easing mean for Britain?See all our coronavirus coverage 8.23am BST There’s already been some pushback on that investigation by the CMA into the refun...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, US, Eu, US news, Malaysia, Ryanair, Wembley, Vaccines and immunisation, Francisco, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Ba, British Airways

France fines Google $268M for adtech abuses and gets interoperability commitments

France’s competition watchdog, L’Autorité de la concurrence, has fined Google up to €220 million (~$268M) in a case related to self-preferencing within the adtech market which the watchdog found constituted an abuse by Google of a dominant position for ad servers for website publishers and mobile apps. L’Autorité began looking into Google’s adtech business following complaints from a number of French publishers. Today it said Google had requested a settlement — and is “not disputing the facts of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Texas, Advertising Tech, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Competition, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust, Brussels, Google Shopping

Facebook’s use of ad data triggers antitrust probes in UK and EU

Facebook is facing a fresh pair of antitrust probes in Europe. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the EU’s Competition Commission both announced formal investigations into the social media giant’s operations today — with what’s likely to have been co-ordinated timing. The competition regulators will scrutinize how Facebook uses data from advertising customers and users of its single sign-on tool — specifically looking at whether it uses this data as an unfair lever against comp...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Germany, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United Kingdom, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust

U.K. Gives Green Light to $44 Billion Merger of Virgin Media and O2

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday that it had given its approval to the proposed merger of broadband and mobile-phone operators Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with cell-phone company O2. The deal is reported to be valued at £31 billion ($44 billion). “After looking closely at the deal, we are reassured that […]
Tags: News, Finance, Global, United Kingdom, O2, Virgin Media, Competition And Markets Authority, Liberty Global, Virgin Mobile, U K Gives Green Light

Amazon’s market power to be tested in Germany in push for “early action” over antitrust risks

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is seeking to make swift use of a new competition tool to target big tech — today that it’s opened a proceeding against ecommerce giant Amazon. If the FCO confirms that Amazon is of “paramount significance for competition across markets” — as defined by an amendment to the German Competition Act which came into force in January (aka, the GWB Digitalisation Act) — the authority will have greater powers to proactively impose conditions on how it can operate ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, UK, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, E-commerce, Policy, Competition, United Kingdom, Brussels, Competition And Markets Authority, Online Marketplaces

The UK’s plan to tackle big tech won’t be one-size fits all

The director of a new unit set up this month inside the UK’s competition watchdog — with a dedicated focus on tech giants’ impacts on digital markets — has been giving a hint of how it could operate, once it’s on a statutory footing and imbued with powers to sanction problem platforms and potentially even order some forms of structural separation. The government announced its intention to regulate big tech in November last year — saying it would establish a “pro-competition” regime to tackle con...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, Eu, European Union, Policy, Competition, United Kingdom, European Commission, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, G7, Competition and Markets Authority CMA, DMA, Lund, Batchelor

UK gov’t triggers national security scrutiny of Nvidia-Arm deal

The UK government has intervened to trigger public interest scrutiny of chipmaker’s Nvidia’s planned to buy Arm Holdings. The secretary of state for digital issues, Oliver Dowden, said today that the government wants to ensure that any national security implications of the semiconductor deal are explored. Nvidia’s $40BN acquisition of UK-based Arm was announced last September but remains to be cleared by regulators. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began to solicit views on the...
Tags: Security, Europe, UK, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, United Kingdom, Cambridge, M&a, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, National Security, Huawei, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma

The UK has launched a national-security probe into Nvidia's acquisition of chip designer ARM

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The UK is probing the sale of chip-design company ARM to Nvidia on national security grounds. The competition regulator will conduct the probe and produce a report by July 30. The UK's culture minister will then decide whether to clear the deal. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK government will look into the national security implications of US group Nvidia's purchase of British chip designer ARM Holdin...
Tags: Japan, UK, Softbank, Digital, US, Samsung, Trends, Britain, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, Chips, Competition And Markets Authority, ARM, Semiconductors, Reuters, Cambridge England

Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator . The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue in 2018 — pressuring both eBay and Facebook to act against fake review sellers back in 2019. The two companies pledged to do more to tackle the insidious ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, France, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Paypal, Policy, United Kingdom, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma

UK: Competition And Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma Limited - Bristows

The Court of Appeal gave judgment in Competition and Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma and Pfizer in May 2020, effectively adjusting the starting point for costs awards following successful appeals of CMA decisions.
Tags: UK, News, Pfizer, Competition And Markets Authority, Flynn Pharma Limited Bristows, Flynn Pharma

UK’s antitrust watchdog takes a closer look at Facebook-Giphy

Potential threats to the free flow of GIFs continue to trouble the UK’s competition watchdog. Facebook’s $400M purchase of Giphy, announced last year, is now facing an in-depth probe by the CMA after the regulator found the acquisition raises competition concerns related to digital advertising. It now has until September 15 to investigate and report. The watchdog took a first look at the deal last summer. It kept on looking into 2021. And then last week the CMA laid out its concerns — saying the...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Uber, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, United Kingdom, Antitrust, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Giphy, Digital Advertising, Facebook Although

Google isn’t testing FLoCs in Europe yet

Early this month Google quietly began trials of ‘Privacy Sandbox’: Its planned replacement adtech for tracking cookies, as it works toward phasing out support for third party cookies in the Chrome browser — testing a system to reconfigure the dominant web architecture by replacing individual ad targeting with ads that target groups of users (aka Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoCs), and which — it loudly contended — will still generate a fat upside for advertisers. There are a number of giga...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, France, US, Tech, Eu, Ireland, New York Times, Data Protection, Kremlin, Competition And Markets Authority

US privacy, consumer, competition and civil rights groups urge ban on ‘surveillance advertising’

Ahead of another big tech vs Congress ‘grab your popcorn’ grilling session, scheduled for March 25 — when US lawmakers will once again question the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter on the unlovely topic of misinformation — a coalition of organizations across the privacy, antitrust, consumer protection and civil rights spaces has called for a ban on “surveillance advertising”, further amplifying the argument that “big tech’s toxic business model is undermining democracy”. The close to 40-stro...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Congress, Australia, US, America, Tech, Eu, European Union, Surveillance, Policy, European Commission, Eff

UK regulator to investigate Apple over 'unfair' App Store terms

UK watchdog opens inquiry over claims US firm is imposing ‘anti-competitive’ terms on app developersBritain’s competition regulator has opened an investigation into Apple over claims the company is using its control over the App Store to impose “unfair and anti-competitive” terms on app developers.The Competition and Markets Authority announced the investigation on Thursday morning. It says it decided to investigate based on its own work in the digital sector, “as well as several developers repo...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Business, UK, Technology, US, UK News, Regulators, Computing, App Store, Competition And Markets Authority

Apple investigated in UK over 'unfair' App Store claims

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into how Apple's app store is run.
Tags: Apple, Business, UK, App Store, Competition And Markets Authority

Apple investigated over 'unfair' App Store claims

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into how Apple's app store is run.
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Daily Crunch: Square acquires Tidal

Square buys a majority stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal, WhatsApp improves its desktop app and Hopin raises even more funding. This is your Daily Crunch for March 4, 2021. The big story: Square acquires Tidal Square announced this morning that it has purchased a majority stake in Tidal, the music streaming service founded by Jay-Z. It sounds like an odd fit at first, which Square CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged in a tweet asking, “Why would a music streaming company and a financial services company join forc...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, TC, UK, Tech, Square, Tidal, Jack Dorsey, Competition And Markets Authority, Jay, Coursera, Aero, Sita, Daily Crunch, Hopin

UK Antitrust Watchdog to Investigate Apple's App Store Policies [Updated]

Today the United Kingdom's Competition and Market Authority (CMA) launched an official investigation into the distribution of apps on iOS and iPadOS devices in the U.K. and the terms and conditions governing the platform. In September of last year, the authority launched an initial inquiry into developers' complaints about Apple's App Store and so-called "anti-competitive" practices. CMA is now wrapping up its initial inquiry to launch an official investigation under Chapter II of the 1998 Co...
Tags: Apple, UK, Featured, United Kingdom, Antitrust, App Store, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Competition and Market Authority CMA, Andrea Coseclli, UK Antitrust Watchdog to Investigate Apple

Apple’s App Store is now also under antitrust scrutiny in the UK

Apple is facing another antitrust investigation in Europe into how it operates the iOS App Store. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced today that it’s opened an investigation following a number of complaints from developers alleging unfair terms and as a result of its own work in the digital sector. “The CMA’s investigation will consider whether Apple has a dominant position in connection with the distribution of apps on Apple devices in the UK — and, if so, whether Apple i...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Competition, Epic, Arizona, Commission, European Commission, Antitrust

Apple faces antitrust probe in the UK over its Apple Store rules

The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is investigating Apple over complaints from software developers about its App Store.
Tags: Apple, UK, Competition And Markets Authority, Apple Store

Google says it won’t adopt new tracking tech after phasing out cookies

While we’ve written about attempts to build alternatives to cookies that track users across websites, Google says it won’t be going down that route. The search giant had already announced that it will be phasing out support for third-party cookies in its Chrome browser, but today it went further, with David Temkin (Google’s director of product management for ads privacy and trust) writing in that “once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individ...
Tags: Apple, Chrome, Google, UK, Advertising Tech, Tech, Policy, Cookies, Competition And Markets Authority, Alphabet, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Temkin, David Temkin, Federated Learning of Cohorts

UK: Post BREXIT UK Competition Law Changes In The Digital Age - Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Following one of the most high-profile separations history has ever witnessed, the UK Competition and Markets Authority issued advice to the British Government on the new pro-competition regime for the
Tags: UK, News, Competition And Markets Authority, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

After Facebook’s news flex, Australia passes bargaining code for platforms and publishers

A week after Facebook grabbed eyeballs globally by blocking news publishers and turning off news-sharing on its platform in Australia, the country’s parliament has approved legislation that makes it mandatory for platform giants like Facebook and Google to negotiate to remunerate local news publishers for their content, to take account of how journalism is shared on their platforms. The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code was developed in conjunction with Australia’s Compe...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Media, Australia, Tech, Eu, Policy, Nick Clegg, Parliament, Competition And Markets Authority, News Media, Josh Frydenberg, Clegg

Qualcomm Opposes Nvidia's Acquisition of Arm as Deal Comes Under Increasing Scrutiny

U.S. chipmaker and Apple supplier Qualcomm has told regulators around the world that it opposes Nvidia's $40 billion proposed acquisition of Arm, according to CNBC. Qualcomm has registered an objection to Nvidia's acquisition of Arm with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority, and China's State Administration for Market Regulation. Qualcomm believes that the acquisition risks Nvidia acting as a gatekeeper for Arm's technology, and...
Tags: Apple, UK, Softbank, European Commission, Nvidia, Amd, Competition And Markets Authority, Qualcomm, ARM, Cnbc, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Cambridge England, Graphcore, China Huawei, SoftBank Nvidia

UK’s competition watchdog still eyeing Facebook’s Giphy buy

The UK’s competition regulator will make a decision on whether or not Facebook’s purchase of Giphy has a ‘realistic prospect’ of substantially lessening competition by March 25, it said today, as it continues to scrutinize the acquisition. “The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) hereby gives notice pursuant to paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘initial period’ in section 34ZA(3) of the [Enterprise] Act that it has sufficient information in relation to the completed acquisition by Facebook,...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, UK, Tech, Fitbit, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Acquisition, Giphy, Zuckerberg, Competition and Markets Authority CMA, Competition Law, Facebook GIPHY, Facebook Inc of Giphy Inc, Giphy Facebook

UK resumes privacy oversight of adtech, warns platform audits are coming

The UK’s data watchdog has restarted an investigation of adtech practices that, since 2018, have been subject to scores of complaints across Europe under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The high velocity trading of Internet users’ personal data can’t possibly be compliant with GDPR’s requirement that such information is adequately secured, the complaints contend. Other concerns attached to real-time bidding (RTB) focus on consent, questioning how this can meet the required ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Tech, Eu, Ireland, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Adtech, Iab, Open Rights Group, Ico, McDougall, Johnny Ryan, Information Commissioner s Office ICO, Simon McDougall