The ability but no incentive to divert traffic?

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the UK city watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is monitoring Google after fears were raised that the search/advertising giant is favouring its own price comparison services and indulging in anti-competitive behaviour towards rivals. Regular readers of this blog will recall, back in March 2011, ICOMP raised a number … read more

ICOMP Statement: EU Privacy Ruling and Google

David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel today said: “ICOMP welcomes Google’s acknowledgement that it is subject to the laws of the EU and its member states – something which it has often tried to ignore or challenge. Whilst the ECJ ruling has far reaching consequences we believe that much of the concern over damage to free-speech, … read more

Loss of Innovation and Google’s Abusive Practices

In economic theory, opportunity cost can be defined as the loss (real or potential) of some benefit as a result of a choice made between alternative goods or services. The opportunity foregone would have a clear value and could include the non-delivery of a new product or innovative service. This approach should be applied to … read more

ICOMP Open Letter

Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – Google I am writing on behalf of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) which is both a formal complainant in the Google case and includes a number of Council Members that are formal … read more

ICOMP Comments on the publishing of details of Google’s settlement proposals

Commenting on the publishing of details of Google’s settlement proposals, David Wood, ICOMP Legal Counsel said: “This is an important and necessary step that allows third parties and consumer organisations to see the revised package. Google’s behaviour affects the whole online ecosystem and consumers in particular, so it is vital that all interested parties have … read more

Commissioner Almunia leaves many perplexed (and in the dark) over Google

Last week Commissioner Almunia announced that he had decided to accept Google’s third package of remedies and that he would be proposing to the Commission to adopt a decision settling the case against Google without a formal finding of an infringement or the imposition of fines. The Commissioner’s statements contain much of interest: some positive, … read more


Earlier this week, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise (ICE), a dispute resolution provider selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), rejected ICOMP’s efforts on behalf of the Internet search community to block Google from obtaining exclusive control of the “.search” generic top-level domain (gTLD). The ICE ruled … read more

ICOMP Response to Commission’s Announcement on the Google Antitrust Case

A settlement without third party review is a massive failure. Complaints and others must see Google’s proposed commitments, not just the Commission’s analysis of why they will work. Hard data from market tests proved that the previous settlement would not work – we need time and opportunity to ensure full technical assessment of how effective … read more

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