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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Falk SchoeningChristian Ritz

Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities – German FCO continues to lead the way

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) launched its new series of papers on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The first paper deals with “Big Data and Competition”. The same day, a “real-life example” of competition enforcement in Big Data became public. The EU Commission confirmed unannounced inspections in “a few Member States” concerning Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Falk SchoeningKay Jebelli

Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the collaborative economy. The resolution is a response to the European Commission’s Communication on “A European agenda for the collaborative economy” from June 2016 which took a light or even non-regulation approach regarding … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Martin SuraChristoph WünschmannFalk SchoeningChristian Ritz

DSM Watch: Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust mandate

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against American and Asian platform providers?

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy seems to see a pressing need for regulation in digital markets. The White Paper … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Winston MaxwellFalk SchoeningDr. Nils RauerRod Freeman

DSM Watch: European Commission’s data package explores data ownership, localization, liability and portability, highlighting tensions with GDPR

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”.   The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of economic asset”, which is essential for innovation and growth. The Commission’s objective is to remove “unjustified restrictions” and “legal uncertainties” in order … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Internet, Policy & Regulation Christian RitzFalk SchoeningPeter Watts

Fragmentation instead of level-playing field? How the German Government’s announced White Paper on digital platforms adds to regulatory uncertainty on topical issues of the digital economy after Brexit

Many digital platforms attract consumers and businesses on a global basis. It is a challenge for national regulators to enforce competition law and other regulatory provisions against such international players. Germany´s Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, argued in a similar way in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on 5 October 2016. He took a stand on the … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Falk SchoeningChristian Ritz

DSM Watch: Can manufacturers prevent resale of goods via third-party online platforms using selective distribution agreements? Uncertainty remains in Germany following recent decision of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt

In its Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (DSM) of 6 May 2015, the European Commission committed to assess the role of online platforms. In this context, the Commission launched a sector inquiry into e-commerce (6 May 2015) in order to gather data on the functioning of e-commerce markets and to identify possible competition concerns. In addition, … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband

French competition authority fines mobile operators for on-net pricing strategy

The French Competition Authority imposed a fine of €117.4 million on Orange France and France Telecom, and €65.7 million on SFR for anticompetitive practices in the mobile telephony sector. In its December 13, 2012 decision, the competition authority found that the operators’ offers including unlimited calls to mobile phones of the same network were anticompetitive. These offers were mainly … Continue Reading