The French Competition Authority rejects the implementation of interim measures but continues to investigate the alleged abuse of a dominant position from a Big Tech company (Apple)

On 23 October 2020, several associations representing various players of the online advertising sector filed a complaint before the French Competition Authority, alleging that Apple abused its dominance on the application distribution market for IOS devices by imposing on app developers supplementary data protection rules; and demanded, in addition, the implementation of urgent interim measures. On 17 March 2021, the Authority decided not to issue interim measures against Apple, but to continue its investigation into the merits of the case [1]. Being the first of the Authority’s case law to oppose data protection and competition law, the decision offers plenty of insight. Background Apple’s mobile operating system (IOS) allows actors of the digital advertisement sector to track the use

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Cevat Can Yalı, The French Competition Authority rejects the implementation of interim measures but continues to investigate the alleged abuse of a dominant position from a Big Tech company (Apple), 17 March 2021, e-Competitions Privacy and antitrust, Art. N° 101117

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