Facial Recognition Data Privacy Fine: ICO publishes provisional intention to fine Clearview AI Inc over £17 million for Facial Recognition data handling

On 29 November 2021, following a joint investigation with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (‘OAIC’) into Clearview AI Inc’s (‘Clearview’) data processing practices, the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) announced its provisional notice of intent to impose a fine of just over £17 million on Clearview. Additionally, the ICO issued a preliminary enforcement notice…

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CMA publishes consultation on modified Google commitments

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has today published a Notice of intention to accept modified commitments from Google in its Privacy Sandbox investigation (the “Notice”). The Notice follows a consultation on proposed commitments published in June 2021. The modified commitments include substantial amendments to those original proposals, and the Notice provides the CMA’s…

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EU General Court Google Shopping Decision may boost prospects for future damages claims

Google appealed against the European Commission’s findings in its 2017 Google Search (Shopping) Decision in the General Court (GC); however, the GC has dismissed Google’s action and upheld the €2.42bn fine imposed by the Commission in a judgment published on 10 November 2021. The GC found that Google had engaged in anti-competitive activity, having favoured…

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New York lawsuit filed against Facebook for excluding rival photo app

On 4 November 2021, an antitrust lawsuit was filed against Facebook’s parent, Meta, in the Southern District of New York. Facebook has been accused of having excluded rival photo app, Phhhoto, from access to its platform, and for replicating its product with a ‘Boomerang’ function. Facebook allegedly took interest in Phhhoto shortly after it launched…

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Hearing of Google’s appeal against European Commission Android decision commences

On 27 September, the week-long EU General Court hearings began in order to hear Google’s appeal against the European Commission’s 2018 decision which found that Google had abused its dominant position in respect of its Android mobile operating system, and associated fine. Reports from the hearing indicate that lawyers for both the European Commission and…

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