EC Issues Record Fine In Google Shopping Case; CCIA Concerned About Chilling Effect On Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced a record fine today. Its antitrust investigation began seven years ago after some online price comparison sites complained Google favored its own service in search results. Today the Commission decided that the prominent placement of Google’s own comparison shopping service in search results constitutes abuse of a dominant…

DG Competition Reveals Final Report of E-Commerce Sector Inquiry; Online Marketplace Bans Hold Back E-Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today DG Competition published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The sector inquiry was launched in May 2015 as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. Its aim is to identify competition concerns in European e-commerce markets and private barriers to the completion of a digital single market. As…

DG Competition Launches 3 E-Commerce Antitrust Investigations

Brussels — European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the opening of three investigations today involving video game makers, electronics makers and tour operators suspected of anticompetitive practices. Vestager said she wants to ensure consumers have a wider choice of goods and services, and make purchases across borders. This action follows the publication of DG Competition’s…

European Commission Releases E-Privacy Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today released its proposal for a Regulation “concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications”, better known as the “ePrivacy Regulation”.  The new rules seek to cover a variety of online applications from those that provide communications and messaging services services to…

DG Competition Reveals First Results of E-Commerce Sector Inquiry; Online Marketplace Bans Remain a Problem

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today DG Competition published its preliminary report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The sector inquiry was launched in May 2015 as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. Its aim is to identify competition concerns in European e-commerce markets and private barriers to the completion of a digital single market. The…

European Parliament Adopts Digital Single Market Report: Positive Report Shows Direction European Union Must Take

Strasbourg, France – Today the European Parliament adopted an ‘own initiative’ report “Towards a Digital Single Market Act”. The report sets out the Parliament’s view on how to build a Digital Single Market. The report covers a wide range of topics from ecommerce and skills to platforms and digital content. The Parliament lays out a…