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

More background on Google Android fine €4.34 ($5) billion July 18th, 2018 by admin Tim Cowen, Counsel to ICOMP and partner at Preiskel & Co said “The Commission’s decision shows that Google took a ... read more
ICOMP on Google Android fine July 18th, 2018 by admin Consumers have a right to choose. This has been denied them by Google through an intricate system of abusive practices ... read more
Internet giants must end anti-competitive practices or face being broken up July 5th, 2018 by admin A guest post from ICOMP counsel Tim Cowen Internet giants such as Facebook and Google must end anti-competitive “kill in ... read more

Relevant White Papers

UK flag Open Internet Project Antitrust complaint against AndroidMarch 8th, 2017
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