Japan FTC Says E-Commerce Giants Risk Antitrust Law Issues
October 31, 2019
Japan’s Fair Trade Commission says its survey of large e-commerce companies and the vendors that use their online malls or app stores has identified practices that may be problematic under Japan’s antitrust law.
- Issues include potential abuse of superior bargaining position when platform operators raise the fees vendors have to pay
- FTC doesn’t name the companies involved but notes Apple, Google and Amazon as examples of digital platform companies
- FTC says there’s a need to not just enforce existing competition law, but also consider regulations, mechanisms on the movement and disclosure of data and ways to protect personal information