CNIL Continues Investigation – UPDATE

On 16th February 2013, France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) announced that in response to Google’s Privacy Policy, it would be forming a working group “in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer”. The probe itself focused on the degree to which the Privacy Policy directly impacts … read more

Consumers back privacy law action against Google

Almost three quarters (71%) of Britons believe that data protection authorities were right to investigate Google’s privacy policies according to a new study by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. 66% of respondents went further than this, saying that national regulators such as the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK should be doing more to force Google … read more

Cyber Security Throughout Europe

Cyber security has rapidly become a topic of intense discussion and debate over the past 12 months. On an almost weekly basis there are media reports of fresh cyberattacks and cases of massive data loss. For example in the first week of February, news emerged of a hacking attack against the Wall Street Journal amongst other … read more

Privacy Matters: CNIL Continues Investigation

On 16th February 2013, France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) announced that in response to Google’s Privacy Policy, it would be forming a working group “in order to coordinate their repressive action which should take place before summer”. The probe itself focused on the degree to which the Privacy Policy directly impacts … read more

Google’s Informal Offer: What next?

More than two years after the Commission opened formal proceedings into Google’s abuse of dominance, Google has finally put an offer on the table in response to the four competition concerns raised by Commissioner Almunia in May 2012, narrowly meeting the deadline imposed by the Commission for the end of January. If Google manages to convince … read more

ICOMP Statement: What’s required for a successful settlement?

“To be seen as a success, any settlement must include specific measures to restore competition and allow other parties to compete effectively on a level playing field.” “Any settlement must include explicit acceptance by Google of its dominance and that it has damaged European businesses through its anti-competitive practices.” David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel ICOMP is pleased … read more

Google’s submission: what happens next?

Google has submitted a settlement offer to remedy the effects of its anticompetitive behaviour. What happens next? Below is a simple flow-diagram which outlines the procedure we should expect to see the investigation following in the coming weeks. Kind regards ICOMP Legal Counsel

The Root of the Google Problem: a Conflict of Interests

Competition authorities in Europe and other jurisdictions are investigating claims by dozens of companies and associations that Google is abusing its monopoly power in search, search advertising, and other markets.  Many of these claims come down to a fundamental conflict of interests at the heart of Google’s business model which acts to the detriment of … read more