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Europe seals a deal on tighter rules for digital services

In the small hours local time, European Union lawmakers secured a provisional deal on a landmark update to rules for digital services operating in the region — grabbing political agreement […]




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Europe says yes to messaging interoperability as it agrees major new regime for big tech

Late Thursday the European Union secured agreement on the detail of a major competition reform that will see the most powerful, intermediating tech platforms subject to a set of up-front […]




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Google dials up focus on portability ahead of rule changes

Google has signalled it’s dialling up efforts around portability, announcing a plan yesterday to spend $3 million and “hundreds of hours” of its engineers time over the next five years […]




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Apple’s standoff with Dutch antitrust authority over dating apps’ payments continues

The Netherlands’ competition authority has once again increased a fine levied against Apple for failing to comply with an antitrust order related to payment tech and dating apps. The fifth […]




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Google’s Privacy Sandbox targeted by fresh EU antitrust complaint

German publishers are the latest to band together to try to derail or at least delay Google’s “Privacy Sandbox” plan to end support for tracking cookies in Chrome via a […]




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Europe’s antitrust policy shouldn’t ignore China 

Carisa Nietsche Contributor Carisa Nietsche is an associate fellow for the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. The TechCrunch Global Affairs Project examines the increasingly intertwined relationship […]




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European Parliament’s IMCO backs limits on tech giants’ ability to run tracking ads

In what looks like bad news for adtech giants like Facebook and Google, MEPs in the European Parliament have voted for tougher restrictions on how Internet users’ data can be […]







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Inside a European push to outlaw creepy ads

European Union lawmakers are mobilizing support for a ban on tracking-based advertising to be added to a new set of Internet rules for the bloc — which were proposed at the […]




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Perspectives on tackling Big Tech’s market power

The need for markets-focused competition watchdogs and consumer-centric privacy regulators to think outside their respective ‘legal silos’ and find creative ways to work together to tackle the challenge of big […]