European antitrust watchdogs have serious doubts about Amazon’s cosy arrangement with Luxemburg to dodge its taxes.
According to a report released today, the European Commission believes the Amazon deal constituted state aid and doubted that such aid was lawful.
The European Commission, which rules on competition and subsidies in the European Union, announced in October that it had opened an investigation into a tax ruling struck in 2003. more»
The Italian antitrust watchdogs have been snuffling the rump of the travel advice site Trip Advisor and are unhappy with what they smelled.
The regulator complained that people reading TripAdvisor Italy were unable to distinguish between genuine and fake reviews posted on the site. more»
Search engine outfit Google could face fines of up to $18.6 million if it does not stop violating the privacy of internet users in the Netherlands, the Dutch data protection agency warned.
The DPA said that Google is breaching the country’s data protection act by using people’s private information such as browsing history and location data to target them with customised ads. more»
Canadian antitrust watchdogs are about to sink their teeth into the ample rump of the fruity cargo cult Apple.
Canada’s Competition Bureau is investigating allegations that Apple Canadian unit used anti-competitive clauses in contracts with domestic wireless carriers.
The CCB has insisted that it has found no wrongdoing by Apple’s Canadian arm so far, and is not naming the person who laid a complaint. more»
A German data protection watchdog has snarled at the search engine Google for the way it creates data profiles from its various services.
The data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg has ordered Google to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling. more»
EU watchdogs, which have been snuffling around the hindquarters of Oracle’s $5.3m takeover of Micros have barked that the deal has come up smelling of roses.
Oracle’s $5.3m takeover of retail and hospitality technology firm Micros Systems still has to get shareholder approval. more»
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 by the data watchdog for failing to safeguard sensitive and confidential information about prisoners.
According to the data watchdog, the information commissioner’s office the Ministry of Justice allowed data to go missing twice and failed to encrypt personal data. more»
Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has been accused of running a monopoly by China’s antitrust watchdog.
The state-run Securities Times newspaper reported on Thursday that Qualcomm’s chief executive Steven Mollenkopf held talks in China to see what could be done about the problem. more»
TalkTalk has faced the simpering wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
The telecoms company has been told off after it promised customers a “free” YouView box alongside a TV and phone package on a TV ad.
A direct mailing advert also had the same promise. more»