The German Parliament adopts antitrust rules to tackle digital markets

Earlier this year, on 19 January 2021, the 10th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC, Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, GWB) was adopted. The law now contains a new regime complementing the competition rules governing the abuse of a market dominant position and aiming to capture the abusive behaviour of certain particularly important undertakings in the digital economy - undertakings “of paramount significance for competition across markets”. Backdrop to the reforms – the Facebook Case These reforms were in part driven by the German Federal Cartel Office investigation into Facebook concerning the processing of certain user data which commenced in 2016. It took the office three years, until early 2019, to render a decision. The decision prohibited

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Jörg Witting, The German Parliament adopts antitrust rules to tackle digital markets, 19 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 100246

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