Germany’s highest civil court has ordered Facebook to comply with rules issued by the country’s competition watchdog that curb its ability to merge data between its various platforms such as the Whatsapp, Instagram and the main Facebook service, along with third-party data. The issue of consent sits at the heart

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CRM giant Salesforce has completed its US$15.7 billion acquisition of Tableau, the biggest deal in the company’s history. Announced in June, the deal gives Salesforce greater analytics and data visualisation capabilities as it pursues its Customer 360 strategy. Breakfast event: Who wins and who loses when TV meets programmatic technology?

Facebook has settled a long running privacy investigation with the FTC, agreeing to pay a record US$5 billion fine and upgrade its privacy measures. The Australian privacy watchdog has welcomed settlement but says it will continue its own investigation into the social media giant. The FTC settlement was just one

The US Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation into several leaders in the US tech community. Details are sketchy but the department has confirmed the investigation. The move is on top of already announced investigations into Google and Facebook individually, and appears focused on the wider ecosystem. According

All four US consumer tech giants — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple — are facing a new antitrust probe conducted by the US Congress. The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday it would launch a broad investigation to determine if dominant firms are engaging in anti-competitive conduct, and whether or

The US Justice Department is reportedly setting up an investigation into Google to examine if its businesses have breached antitrust laws. The Wall Street Journal reported the department’s antitrust division has been laying the groundwork for the investigation in recent weeks. The work follows after an agreement with the Federal


Google has been fined yet again by European antitrust regulators. The search giant copped a €1.49 billion fine (AU$2.38 billion) for the illegal misuse of its dominant position in the market for the brokering of online search adverts. The ruling said the company was abusing its market dominance by limiting

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Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws, according to a British parliamentary committee report which argued the social media behemoth should not be allowed to behave like a “digital gangster.” The 108-page report, released at the end of an 18 month investigation into disinformation and fake

Margrethe Vestager, the European Competition Commissioner who has levelled two antitrust fines at Google, is turning her attention to another tech giant — Amazon. EU antitrust regulators have begun a preliminary investigation into Amazon’s use of third-party merchant data. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Vestager noted no formal

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The U.S President has attacked the European Union’s decision to fine Google AU$6.85 billion for illegal practices regarding its Android mobile operating system, which powers 80 per cent of mobile devices worldwide. Google’s CEO also hit back at the decision saying the ruling ignores the choice Android had created for