The EU Commission approves a merger between two US software companies subject to a set of commitments ensuring fair competition in the sector of computer security (Intel / McAfee)

Intel/McAfee*Introduction On 26 January 2011 the European Commission approved the proposed acquisition of McAfee by Intel, both of the US. The approval is conditional upon a set of commitments ensuring fair competition in the sector of computer security. Computer security is a growing concern due to the exponential rise in the number of malware [1] present on the internet, as well as their possible consequences, in particular for large enterprises and governments. The case raised technically complex issues and triggered negative reactions from third parties in the IT sector, including competitors and customers of both Intel and McAfee. However, following an extensive investigation into the security software market, a conditional clearance decision was reached at the end of the first

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  • SGAE - Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européennes (Paris)
  • European External Action Service
  • Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Jérôme Vidal, Jocelyn Guitton, Adrian Lübbert, Isabelle Neale-Besson, The EU Commission approves a merger between two US software companies subject to a set of commitments ensuring fair competition in the sector of computer security (Intel / McAfee), 26 janvier 2011, e-Competitions January 2011, Art. N° 48011

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