French Watchdog Echoes Concerns Over Google

Just days after the European Commission announced that it had opened a formal investigation into whether Google’s business practices amount to an abuse of its dominant position in breach of EU competition rules, the French Competition Authority has published a detailed Study into the application of the competition rules to online advertising. The French Study … read more

ICOMP presents its IPR White Paper at the European Parliament

On 1 December, ICOMP launched its IPR White Paper in the European Parliament in Brussels, supported by our host Marietje Schaake MEP. ICOMP Director Auke Haagsma presented the well received paper by highlighting several of the case studies provided by ICOMP members. MEPs, Commission officials and Industry representatives like ICOMP member English Premier League, used … read more

Online Advertising: turning consumers on so they don’t switch off

This week in Hamburg, ICOMP hosted a lively discussion on the future of online advertising in a workshop at the Eurobest conference. The workshop, entitled ‘Beyond Search: Where Next for Online Advertising?’, explored new technologies in advertising, as well as how social networks, applications and online video are changing the way marketers interact with consumers. … read more

French Association of National Daily Newspapers joins ICOMP

We are delighted to announce that Le Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Nationale (SPQN), the French Association of National Daily Newspapers, has joined ICOMP as a Council member. Le Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Nationale (SPQN) advocates for the protection of the economic, legal and social interests of French national newspapers. Its members include Le … read more

The Importance of an Open Debate

As Chairman of a non-profit organisation promoting the secure and fee access to digital information, SuMa-eV – the “Association for Free Access to Knowledge” – I fully support ICOMP’s mission to encourage competition and transparency in the online marketplace and am proud to be an active member of the initiative. SuMa-eV’s decision to join ICOMP … read more

Building towards Privacy by Design

The sanctity of personal data is an issue which has dominated the legislative agenda of late with lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic issuing strong statements of their intent to tighten the regulatory framework around consumer privacy. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a press conference in which Chairman Jon Leibowitz called … read more

ICOMP Responds to JFTC Decision to clear Google/Yahoo! Japan Alliance

ICOMP notes with surprise and profound disappointment today’s announcement by the JFTC that it will not commence a formal investigation to review whether the Google/Yahoo! Japan Alliance will result in anti-competitive effects in the market. ICOMP regrets that this will effectively hand to Google a monopoly over search and search-related advertising in Japan, and will be of … read more