FTC to focus more attention on competition in tech industry


US regulator the Federal Trade Commission has created a new task force which it says will be “monitoring competition in US technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking enforcement actions when warranted”. This, after a succession of news stories about how the biggest US technology companies are running their businesses and respecting (or not) the privacy of their customers.

Around 17 attorneys will work on the task force, with the FTC promising that they have “unique expertise in complex product and service markets and ecosystems, including markets for online advertising, social networking, mobile operating systems and apps, and platform businesses”. That’s why we’re writing about this: the task force may well end up looking at the same ‘platform to business’ issues that have been under scrutiny in Europe recently, with companies including Spotify and Deezer lobbying for fair treatment on the app stores and smart speakers of their big-tech rivals.

Written by: Stuart Dredge