An interim report on a study of digital advertising done by the competition authority of Japan signals an expansive look at antitrust, data privacy, and consumer protection concerns sharing the hallmarks of recent enforcement against digital platforms in Europe.
Digital advertising platforms are services (offered by companies like Facebook and Google) connecting online publishers who want to sell advertising space to advertisers who want to pay to use that space. The interim report (which does not mention any specific platforms) contains initial factual findings from surveys sent to the various market players by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). Continue reading “Interim report signals expansive study of digital advertising by Japan’s JFTC” →
California earlier this year took a big first step to narrow the American-European tech regulatory divide with a comprehensive data privacy law. Tech companies operating in two of the largest markets in the world must now give their users some basic transparency and control over what data is collected about them and why. But data protection is more than just another compliance check-box. Data privacy rules are reshaping digital markets and informing the debate about competition policy in tech to address increased consumer demand for better protection of personal information. Continue reading “The visible hand: how data privacy can reshape digital markets and inform competition policy” →
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In keeping with trends seen among active enforcers around the world, Japan is ramping up digital platform regulation with a toolkit that includes a mix of data privacy, competition, and consumer protection considerations.
Japan’s most recent efforts are a draft bill proposing a new platform regulation to ensure transparent and fair dealing with users and vendors on digital platforms. Continue reading “Japan ramping up digital platform regulation with mixed toolkit” →
In a signal that worldwide efforts to pursue regulation in the digital sector will not stop during the coronavirus crisis, Mexico’s competition authority (COFECE) announced its Digital Strategy on March 30.
While acknowledging that tech players are injecting needed competition into large domestic markets with high concentration levels, the agency’s statement sets out a five-point action plan for studying competition enforcement in the digital sector. Continue reading “Mexico’s Digital Strategy unabated by coronavirus” →