Peter Swire will moderate the panel “Privacy and Competition – Big Issues for Big Data” at this conference sponsored by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Personal data is a crucial economic component of the Big Data revolution. In addition to setting forth new privacy and data protection frameworks, policymakers have begun to focus their attention on the effects of data on competition and concentration of market power. From an antitrust perspective, small and new competitors seek access to data to challenge incumbents who already hold vast quantities of data. But at the same time, privacy concerns arise when additional new players gain access to data. Regulators and academic experts increasingly deal with the intersection of privacy and antitrust law. Privacy considerations could perhaps become an integral part of antitrust merger analysis. Moreover, better privacy for consumers can be considered a non-price form of competition. In this session, Professor Peter Swire, who has written about the intersection of privacy and antitrust, leads a discussion with Edith Ramirez, who in her former role as FTC Chairwoman was in charge of regulating both fields, and Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor.
What you’ll take away:
- How have the U.S. antitrust agencies considered the intersection of privacy and antitrust since both issues were first discussed in the Google-DoubleClick merger of 2007?
- How are the twin issues of data protection and competition being considered under European law, and will that change under the GDPR?
- How does economic analysis figure in privacy discussions and how does data protection affect antitrust law?
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