Competition

Innovation is the engine that drives economies and technological progress.

Robust competition in online markets brings benefits to both consumers and businesses. It is the driving force behind online innovation and new content, as well as choice and low prices. In a competitive market, companies are forced to continue to innovate and thereby create new products and services which serve to energise the economy and empower consumers.

ICOMP believes that Regulators should apply existing competition laws in key online markets, including search and search advertising as well as other forms of online advertising, without overlooking the non-price aspects of competition, such as protection of data security and consumer privacy. They should also ensure that no company is allowed to abuse a dominant position by harming its competitors or by seeking to gain an unfair advantage in related markets.

Equally, the growth of the internet companies must act responsibly with the enormous amount of data that they are able to acquire. Non-transparent practices that limit or distort access to information, prevent competition, deceive users or keep them uninformed are particularly harmful and put the entire Internet ecosystem at risk.

The other ICOMP pillars are Security, Intellectual property and Privacy

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ICOMP Blogs on Competition Relevant White Papers

ICOMP Blogs on Competition

ICOMP Statement: CCI Charges Against Google September 2nd, 2015 by admin The filing of substantial charges against Google by India’s competition commission, the CCI, as reported in Indian and global media, ... read more
Google in Denial August 27th, 2015 by admin Today’s blog post from Google is, unfortunately, simply another attempt to divert attention away from the devastating impact their self-preferencing ... read more
The Simple Application of European Competition Rules June 2nd, 2015 by admin Former President of the General Court of the European Union has recently published a paper regarding the essential facility doctrine ... read more

Relevant White Papers

UK flag The Simple Application of European Competition RulesJune 2nd, 2015
UK flag Foundem Initial Response to Third Google ProposalsMarch 11th, 2014
UK flag Imposing Separation to Deal with a MonopolistApril 24th, 2013
UK flag ICOMP Search Working Group White Paper: How Search WorksFebruary 14th, 2013
UK flagUK flagUK flag How Google Monopolised Online Mapping & Listings ServicesNovember 15th, 2012
UK flag Vielfalt im digitalen Medienensemble: Medienpolitische Herausforderungen und AnsätzeSeptember 25th, 2012
UK flag Vielfalt im digitalen MedienensembleSeptember 25th, 2012
UK flagUK flag A Second Look under the Antitrust MicroscopeJuly 3rd, 2012
UK flag Suchmaschinen, Marktmacht und MeinungsbildungMay 24th, 2012
UK flagUK flagUK flagUK flag Google under the Antitrust MicroscopeOctober 20th, 2011
UK flag Anatomy of Search Results: The widening reality gapJuly 22nd, 2011
UK flag Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail SectorJune 1st, 2011
UK flag Submission to the Book Industry Strategy GroupApril 26th, 2011
UK flag The Perils of Dominance: Exploring the Economics of Search in the Information SocietyMarch 18th, 2011
UK flag Why Search MattersMarch 18th, 2011
UK flagUK flag Imperatives for a healthy, secure and competitive InternetOctober 6th, 2009