Feeds

EC criticised over Intel case

Evidence gathering not up to scratch

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The European Union Ombudsman has accused competition regulators of poor record keeping over aspects of the recent anti-trust case against Intel.

The report, which won't have any impact on the verdict or on Intel's €1.06bn fine, is yet to be published but is expected to accuse the competition commission of "maladministration".

The criticism centres on a meeting between investigators and a senior executive from Dell in August 2006, The Wall Street Journal, which saw the document, reports. The Dell exec told the Commission that it felt the performance of AMD's chips was "very poor" - suggesting that was the reason it rejected the processors, not because it was leant on by Intel.

This obviously counters the European Commission's view that Intel used its market strength to force manufacturers to take its chips rather than AMD's.

Well that might be what happened. The ombudsman's main complaint is that there was no formal record made of this meeting, so it is impossible to know exactly what was said.

The Commission argued that it had discretion to include or exclude evidence which may well have been duplicated elsewhere. But the ombudsman believed the Commission had overstepped the mark and that some of the Dell exec's remarks should have been formally recorded.

Even if the Dell executive's comments had been recorded, it is unlikely to have swayed the Commission's final verdict, which found Intel guilty of anticompetitive practices in relation to several manufacturers and a retailer.

The case was marked by more than usual bitterness. In May, Intel accused the Commission of relying on dodgy evidence and ignoring evidence which contradicted its view.

A spokeswoman for the ombudsman declined to comment. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.