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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? | TechCrunch
“ The EU’s updated privacy framework, [GDPR](, requires consent to be specific, informed and freely given. That standard supports challenges to Facebook’s (still fixed) entry ‘price’ to its social services. To play you still have to agree to hand over your personal data so it can sell your attention to advertisers. But legal experts [contend](ªª that’sºº neither privacy by design nor default.”

“So there are now two lines of legal attack — antitrust and privacy law — threatening Facebook (and indeed other adtech companies’) surveillance-based business model across Europe.”

“…the German FCO decision against Facebook hints at an alternative way forward for regulating the dominance of digital monopolies: Structural remedies that focus on controlling access to data which can be relatively swiftly configured and applied.”
antitrust  surveillancecapitalism  europe  eu  regulation  fco  germany  facebook  indie  radar 
10 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Facebook warns regulators: We’ll, uh, delay features if you keep bugging us! | PandoDaily
Facebook has warned regulators that investigations into their platform will delay features for European users. If the delay of these features is down to more thorough adherence to regulation, and fewer compromises on the privacy of Facebook users, then maybe this isn’t such a bad thing?
facebook  regulation  antitrust  eu  europe  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Google’s dominance faces a challenge at last. Shame it’s too late | Comment is free | The Guardian
John Naughton’s article on the antitrust case is less positive, saying that it’s too late to challenge Google’s dominance. Google already monopolises search, and has three advantages in “astonishing computing horsepower, distributed globally in huge server farms; smart algorithms; and the possession of colossal amounts of data that can be mined for machine-learning and generate further refinements in Google search.” This power means that legal challenges are unlikely to make much of an impact, or dethrone them from their position of power.
google  antitrust  monopoly  search  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data | Technology | The Guardian
The first part of this Guardian article further supports James’ assertions, drawing attention to the fact that Google’s dominance is self-reinforcing: “Larger audiences improve Google’s data and make its products more accurate – as well as ever more impossible to avoid.”
google  monopoly  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  antitrust 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Let’s challenge Google while we still can | James Ball | Comment is free | The Guardian
Summary: James Ball warns us that we must challenge Google while we still can, as the US and EU are probably the only states big enough to effectively question Google’s monopoly in so many areas. James points out that “Google is just the start, as the business models of the internet lend themselves to monopoly.” And worryingly, “We are entering an era of near-stateless global giants, several of which will gain the power to act as a monopoly.”
ball  google  antitrust  monopoly  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
How Google found itself ‘on the wrong side of history’ -
Summary: Google hasn’t done enough to make friends in the EU, and so is more likely to suffer at the hands of the EU antitrust investigations than it did in the US (short-lived) investigations.
eu  US  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  antitrust  lobbying 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Here's what the biggest tech companies are spending to influence lawmakers in D.C.
Summary: The amounts big corps are lobbying in the U.S., and its relevance to Google antitrust
US  google  indie  antitrust  apple  lobbying  24apr15  netflix  indieroundup  facebook  amazon 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Europe is targeting Google under antitrust laws but missing the bigger picture | Technology | The Guardian
Google it today and you’ll see that the European Commission has turned up the heat in its long-running probe into anti-competitive behaviour by the web’s most popular search engine. EC competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, issued formal objections alleging that Google abuses its dominant position in the market of “general internet search”. In particular, the EC claims that Google artificially boosts its own products in returning Google comparison shopping results in its service “Google Shopping”, even if those products aren’t the best or cheapest – the “most relevant”, as the Commission puts it – for consumers.
indie  indieroundup  17apr15  eu  commission  antitrust  anticompetition  google  monopoly  search 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Statement by Commissioner Vestager on antitrust decisions concerning Google
The Commission has today sent a Statement of Objections to Google. It outlines our preliminary view that Google’s favourable treatment of its comparison shopping service, currently called "Google Shopping", is an abuse of Google’s dominant position in general internet search. Google now has 10 weeks to respond. I will carefully consider its response before deciding how to proceed.
In parallel, on the basis of an initial investigation, the Commission has also today launched a formal in-depth investigation of Google’s conduct as regards the mobile operating system Android, apps and services.
My goal is to ensure that consumers and innovative companies can benefit from a competitive environment in Europe. Where concerns are expressed about Google’s conduct that can be addressed by EU competition law, I will approach the issues in a fair and objective way, on the basis of the evidence and in accordance with our rules.
google  antitrust  anticompetition  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  17apr15  eu  commission 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists
“Back in 2012, staff at the US watchdog accused Google of unfairly burying rivals in its search results, among other shenanigans, but the probe was ultimately killed off by the FTC's commissioners. Google tweaked the way it treated competitors, and denied it broke US antitrust laws.” By Kieren McCarthy on The Register
google  regulation  lobbying  antitrust  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Bring Antitrust Action Against Google and Other Big Data Platforms
“There is a strong argument that federal regulators should be looking at how to structure data platform sectors to both promote more competition and encourage more consumer power within those sectors. Given the near-monopoly of certain platforms in search advertising and social networking, European regulators are already looking closely at the connection between industry concentration and the loss of consumer privacy.” Data Justice Policy Campaign
bigdata  antitrust  google  monopoly  eu  regulation  policy  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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