In Battle For Privacy, Antitrust Watchdogs Throw Their Hat In The ring

By Mark Scott, Politico

Europe’s flagship privacy standards, mandating how companies collect, store and use people’s data, got off to a stuttering start. But as the rules turn 3 years old on Tuesday, enforcement is finally on the way.

It’s just not coming from the bloc’s privacy regulators.

The European Union’s powerful competition authorities — both in Brussels and in national capitals — are elbowing their way into the world of data protection. Their focus is a small number of mostly American tech companies that have garnered so much control over reams of people’s social media messages, online search queries and digital shopping purchases.

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