European Commission

The EU has launched an official investigation into TikTok. What is the reason?

The European Union has launched an official investigation into ByteDance’s TikTok. The bloc will check whether the platform violated the rules on online content aimed at protecting children and ensuring transparent advertising, writes Reuters. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton said that this decision was made after analyzing TikTok’s risk assessment report ... Read more

Apple proposes to the European Commission to open NFC on iPhone for third-party wallets and payment services

The European Commission has received a proposal from Apple to open up NFC on the iPhone and is now collecting public feedback on these commitments. This proposal comes amid an investigation that has focused on Apple’s restrictive practices related to Apple Pay, in particular, the company’s control over access to ... Read more

The European Commission launches an investigation against X on suspicion of violating the bloc’s rules

The European Commission launches an investigation against X on suspicion of violating the requirements of the Digital Services Act (DSA), writes Reuters. European law requires major online platforms and search engines to combat illegal content and risks to public safety. Another requirement is to protect services from manipulative technologies. This ... Read more

EU officially expresses concern over $20 billion deal between Adobe and Figma

Adobe has received an official antitrust complaint from EU regulators regarding the possible acquisition of Figma for $20 billion, reports The Verge. The European Commission launched an investigation into the deal on August 7. Now, the institution has released a preliminary opinion expressing concern about the merger of the two ... Read more

Tech giants from the US were allowed to store the data of European users on American servers

The European Union has adopted a plan that will allow tech giants from the US to continue to store data about European users on American territory, writes Engadget. In a decision announced on July 10, the European Commission approved the Trans-Atlantic Framework Agreement on Data Privacy. Under its terms, the ... Read more

The agreement between Amazon and iRobot in EU antitrust legislation crosshairs

Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of robot vacuum cleaner maker iRobot could reduce competition and strengthen Amazon’s position as a service provider in the online marketplace. EU antitrust regulators warned about this, writes Reuters. With this in mind, the European Commission has launched a full-scale investigation and will decide by November ... Read more

The EU might break up Google’s advertising business due to a possible violation of competition

The European Commission has filed an official antitrust complaint against Google and its advertising business. In a preliminary opinion, the regulator claims that the company is abusing its dominant position in the digital advertising market. This was reported by The Verge. The document says forcing Google to sell part of ... Read more

Large polluters of the environment received from the EU almost 100 billion euros of free permits for carbon emissions — WWF

According to an analysis by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over the past nine years, the EU has provided large polluting companies with almost 100 billion euros in the form of free permits for carbon dioxide emissions. Free quotas directly contradict the “polluter pays” principle, WWF said. €98.5 billion worth ... Read more

The EU confirms multiple investigations into TikTok data practices

The president of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has confirmed that there are several ongoing investigations into TikTok. The inspections concern the transfer of EU citizens’ data to China and targeted advertising aimed at minors. Investigators are trying to make sure TikTok complies with the ... Read more