7th Circuit confronts antitrust in the age of Big Data

Posted by Reuters 7th Circuit confronts antitrust in the age of Big Data By Alison Frankel On Monday, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a preliminary injunction that required competing car dealership software management companies to allow a data scraper to access information from consenting customers. The data scraper, Authenticom, had accused the […]

Obfuscation and Shrouding with Network Effects – The Facebook/WhatsApp Case

Posted by Social Science Research Network Obfuscation and Shrouding with Network Effects – The Facebook/WhatsApp Case By Georg Clemens (Compass Lexecon) & Mutlu Özcan (Chair of Applied Microeconomics) Abstract:      This article analyses switching behavior in messaging service markets. WhatsApp’s decision to start forwarding customer data to Facebook outraged its customer base. Our model […]

Japan: JFTC concludes that Big data should be subject to competition law

Japan: JFTC concludes that Big data should be subject to competition law

A report by a study group at Japan’s Fair Trade Commission concludes that the collection and use of big data should be subject to the country’s anti-monopoly act. In recent years, it is expected that knowledge derived from ‘big data’ analysis will inspire further innovation across the existing industrial boundaries in the context of the […]

Big Data as a Misleading Facility

Posted by Social Science Research Network Big Data as a Misleading Facility By Giuseppe Colangelo (LUISS Guido Carli) & Mariateresa Maggiolino (Bocconi University) Abstract:     Currently, many technologies translate both empirical phenomena and human interactions into digital data. Accordingly, when processed and analysed, these data become sources of pieces of information, correlations, predictions and meanings […]

Price Discrimination as a Violation of the Sherman Act

Posted by Social Science Research Network Price Discrimination as a Violation of the Sherman Act By Ramsi Woodcock (Georgia State University) Abstract:     The advance of the information age promises to make it possible for producers to charge consumers tailored prices that extract maximum value from them, a practice known as perfect price discrimination. I […]

Data Protection in Attention Markets: Protecting Privacy Through Competition?

Posted by Social Science Research Network Data Protection in Attention Markets: Protecting Privacy Through Competition? By Giuseppe Colangelo (LUISS Guido Carli) & Mariateresa Maggiolino (Bocconi University) Abstract:     Every day, digital platforms generate, gather, store and analyze a huge amount of data, personal data included: these data can be elaborated to cluster individuals and offer […]

Defining ‘big data’ in antitrust

Posted by Social Science Research Network Defining ‘big data’ in antitrust By Xavier Boutin & Georg Clemens (Compass Lexecon) Abstract:     This paper provides a definition of “big data” in antitrust. While big data has become an important topic in the antitrust literature and in competition policy practice, no clear-cut definition of big data […]

Data-Opolies

Posted by Social Science Research Network Data-Opolies By Maurice E. Stucke (University of Tennessee) & Allen P. Grunes (The Konkurrenz Group) Abstract:     In contrast to the European Commission, the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have not meaningfully prosecuted monopolistic abuses over the past 16 years. The US Supreme Court’s view on monopolies […]