French competition authority levies $167M fine on Google

France’s competition watchdog has levied a fine of $167 million on Google citing Google’s non-transparent advertising rules and the fact that it changes them at will. Google is facing a growing number of investigations into its advertisement business practices, on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruling is the first penalty by the French authorities…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

Justice Department opens antitrust probe on all major digital tech firms

Given bi-partisan concerns over the market power of these major digital technology companies, which include Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, their potential downsizing is very much a possibility. In a significant development that marks the latest sign of the Trump government stepping up is scrutiny over big tech firms, the U.S. Justice Department disclosed that…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…