Openness is Key

Earlier this week a Reuters report suggested that the European Commission and Google were close to agreeing a settlement to bring an end to the long-running anti-trust investigation. More worrying was the suggestion in the report that this would be concluded without offering an opportunity for complainants and other interested parties to provide their feedback. … read more

ICOMP Response to Rumours of Settlement Without Market Test

Google’s initial two proposals were so monumentally ineffective the Commission was left with little choice other than to reject them, so unless their third iteration is a complete overhaul of what was has been previously offered, it should be rejected outright. If it is substantially different the Commission must see the usefulness of a market … read more

Davos: The future of intellectual property

Last week, the World Economic Forum published a report that examined the issues of freedom of expression, privacy and intellectual property in the digital world. The report was developed by over 100 experts in workshops and interviews through 2013 and focuses on two key markets – UK and Indonesia. In the UK, the challenge lies … read more

A proportional response? How lawmakers are unwittingly letting Google re-commit the crime

Last week we reported the news that Google had been fined the maximum levy from the CNIL, the French data protection authority, for their continuous violation of privacy regulation across Europe. At the time, Auke Haagsma, ICOMP commented: “the CNIL has levied the maximum possible fine on Google, citing the breadth and seriousness of its … read more

New Year, Same Issue – CNIL Levies Maximum Fine on Google for Privacy Violation

The CNIL, France’s data protection authority, announced yesterday this week that it was fining Google 150,000 euros, the maximum fine it could impose on a corporation, over the company’s privacy policy not adhering to EU privacy law. This conclusion follows a thorough investigation on behalf of all privacy enforcement agencies in the EU and beyond. … read more

Google’s 2nd commitments proposal will advance its commercial strategy to transition ‘organic’ search traffic into ‘paid’ traffic

ICOMP has today released a report analysing the contents of Google’s 2nd set of proposals and their likely impact. The paper, written by ICOMP Spokesperson, economics expert and former DG COMP official, Juan Briones, finds that that the proposed commitments do not address competition concerns but rather, serve to progress the commercial strategy of Google, … read more