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The Road to Nowhere

  Could EU data protection rules ultimately thwart the Juncker Commission’s digital ambitions?   The Juncker Commission’s flagship Digital Single Market Strategy, in the words of former DG CONNECT Director-General Robert Madelin[1], is “focused, ambitious, and risk-taking”. Indeed senior European Commission officials will acknowledge that in implementing the DSM, the Commission is going to have… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

I hate “limited liability”. It sounds either technical & legalistic (who really knows what it means?), or mealy-mouthed and self-serving (“we don’t want to take responsibility”). There’s got to be a better name for it – a name that is catchy and simple and easy to understand. I am offering a holiday in Bali to… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Google Under Fire

So it finally happened. Yesterday the European Commission announced it had sent Google a Statement of Objections (SO), accusing it of abusing its dominant position in search to unfairly give advantages to its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping. This is obviously hugely important. As I have argued here before, the outcome of this case has… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

By Silvia Romano   Those watching the Data Protection Regulation (DPR) can breathe a sigh of relief now that EU Ministers have reached an agreement on a number of critical provisions of the proposal. However, more work remains to be done to achieve a robust and clear legislative framework which can effectively address the challenges… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In various conversations over recent months, I have noticed that a lot of people don’t understand the difference between general, or horizontal search on the one hand, and specialised, or vertical search on the other. Understanding the differences is crucial to understanding how Google abuses its dominant position, because Google systematically describes a vast “search”… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In order to resolve its dispute with the European Commission (EC) over its abuses in dominant position in search, Google has proposed to use an existing commercial product, the Google Shopping box, as a basis for a settlement with the EC. The intended purpose was to give comparable presentation of rival products; note: comparable, not… » read more

Posted by Daniela Borlea

Google-bashing has become very fashionable. Businesses, individuals, and politicians around the world, but especially in Europe, have taken great delight in attacking Google: Google the monopolist, Google the privacy-killer, Google the tax-dodger, Google the facilitator of online piracy, Google the free-rider over telecoms networks. The list goes on.   My company is one of those… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Broken Promises

In the beginning was Yahoo. I am old enough to remember the days when Internet access was via dial-up modem, with its distinctive sound, and when finding things on the Internet required using Yahoo’s Web Directory. Looking for things thematically, in a hierarchically organised index, seemed logical and easy at the time. Anyone with a… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

This week, the European Parliament will almost certainly adopt a resolution calling for amendments to the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. This legislative process has taken an unusually long time – and rightly so, because the topic is complex and technical, and because the stakes are very high. Every single company in Europe is affected,… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood