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Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch

Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch After holding a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal this summer, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee …

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Google files appeal against Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Android – TechCrunch

Google files appeal against Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Android – TechCrunch Google has lodged its legal appeal against the European Commission’s €4.34 billion (~$5BN) antitrust ruling against its Android mobile OS, according to Reuters — the first step in a process that could keep its lawyers busy for years to come. …

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Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data – TechCrunch

Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data – TechCrunch It’s been just over four months since Europe’s tough new privacy framework came into force. You might believe that little of substance has changed for big tech’s data-hungry smooth operators since then — beyond firing out …

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White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official” – TechCrunch

White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official” – TechCrunch A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The …

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EU fines Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer $130M for online price fixing – TechCrunch

EU fines Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer $130M for online price fixing – TechCrunch The European Union’s antitrust authorities have issued a series of penalties, fining consumer electronics companies Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer more than €110 million (~$130M) in four separate decisions for imposing fixed or …

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Google fined $21.1M for search bias in India

Another antitrust fine for Google. India’s competition commission has issued a 1.36BN rupees (~$21.1M) penalty on the search giant for abusing its dominant position in the local search market for online general web search and web search advertising services. “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general …

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German antitrust office starts asking questions online ad platform giants

Germany’s national competition regulator has announced it’s looking into market conditions in the online advertising sector, responding to to concerns among advertisers that a lack of transparency could be skewing market conditions. It says it could open up a full sector enquiry depending on results of its initial probe. The antitrust office …

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France files supplier contract complaint against Amazon

The French government has filed a complaint against ecommerce giant Amazon alleging abuse of a dominant position with some of its suppliers, according to Reuters citing a report in La Parisien newspaper. The move apparently follows a two-year investigation by France’s consumer fraud watchdog, the DGCCRF. The news agency says the Economy Ministry …

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