Items tagged "Platform Competition"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Public Knowledge Applauds State Attorneys General Bipartisan Suit Against Google

December 17, 2020 Digital Platform , Google , lawsuit , Platform Competition , search market

Today, a group of 38 bipartisan attorneys general, led by Colorado and Nebraska, filed an antitrust suit against Google alleging the company stifled competitors that might have challenged the company’s dominance in the search market. Public Knowledge has advocated for scrutiny of Google’s anticompetitive conduct in both search and advertising technology. 

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State Attorneys General Antitrust Suit Against Google Marks Step Forward in Promoting Competition

December 16, 2020 ad technology , advertising , Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , Google , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas, filed an antitrust suit against Google alleging that the company abused its power over key advertising technology tools. Public Knowledge has advocated for scrutiny of Google’s self-preferencing and denying access to key advertising data and advertising inventory as a way to prevent competitors from going head to head with Google in the market. 

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Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 Big Tech , digital markets act , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition

Today, the European Commission announced a new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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FTC, State AG Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Mark Next Step Towards Competition

December 9, 2020 Competition Policy , digital platforms , Facebook , FTC , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. The suits focus on how Facebook has bought out competitors and potential competitors to stifle competition, as well as how Facebook has withheld access to its network anticompetitively. The suits follow three years of Public Knowledge advocacy on the competition challenges posed by dominant digital platforms like Facebook, including most recently our letters urging the FTC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general to review Facebook’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior.

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Public Knowledge Applauds New UK Digital Regulator Coming Next Year

November 30, 2020 Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , UK CMA

Over the weekend, the UK government announced that a new “Digital Markets Unit” (DMU) will be established within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to regulate tech giants in online advertising.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes European Commission Antitrust Charges Against Amazon’s Data Misuse

November 10, 2020 Amazon , Antitrust , CPNI , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Amazon for competing unfairly with sellers on its marketplace. The Commission has also opened a second formal antitrust investigation into the company’s “possible preferential treatment” of its own retail offers and sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services. The move follows reports of Amazon using third-party seller data to develop competing products, as well as the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Google.

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New Public Knowledge Paper Urges Congress to Adopt Law Protecting Vendor Data from Digital Platforms

July 7, 2020 Antitrust , Competition Policy , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Mind Your Own Business: Protecting Proprietary Third-Party Information From Digital Platforms,” by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network.

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U.K. Competition Authority Shows the Need for a Digital Regulator in the U.S.

July 1, 2020 Antitrust , Competition , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition

Today, the Competition and Markets Authority, the U.K.’s competition enforcer, released its final digital advertising report. The report finds that both Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising markets, a situation that increases data collection while hindering innovation in the digital space. Consequently, the CMA proposes a new “Digital Markets Unit” to regulate digital platforms to promote competition.

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