Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Whether EU Antitrust and Data Privacy Rules Are Converging

Competition v Privacy. Competition and consumer authorities are increasingly considering the implications of digital platforms’ ownership and use of consumer data and whether concerns about harm to privacy are indicative of a lack of competition.

For a long time the orthodoxy in the EU had been that competition authorities were sensitive to the possible issues of data concentration, but, equally, were careful to contain their analysis. The prevailing view was best summarized by the EU Court of Justice that “any possible issues relating to the sensitivity of personal data are not, as such, a matter for competition law, they Read more