How to Economize Consumer Protection

Posted by Social Science Research Network How to Economize Consumer Protection By Michael R. Baye (Indiana University) & Joshua D. Wright (George Mason University) The US antitrust laws are about protecting consumers from harm stemming from abuses of competition and the competitive process. Courts, private parties, and federal agencies extensively rely upon economists to help […]

Data Accumulation and the Privacy-Antitrust Interface: Insights from the Facebook Case for the EU and the US

Posted by Social Science Research Network Data Accumulation and the Privacy-Antitrust Interface: Insights from the Facebook Case for the EU and the US  By Giuseppe Colangelo & Mariateresa Maggiolino The emergence of multi-sided media platforms occurred in parallel with the success of business models that revolve around the collection and use of personal data, generating […]

Protecting Consumers in Privacy and Data Security: A Perspective of Information Economics

Posted by Social Science Research Network Protecting Consumers in Privacy and Data Security: A Perspective of Information Economics By Ginger Zhe Jin (University of Maryland) & Andrew Stivers (Federal Trade Commission) Abstract:     This note provides an economic approach to consumer privacy and data security based on the extensive economic literature on how information flows, […]

EU: Google “right-to-be-forgotten” case referred by France to ECJ

EU: Google “right-to-be-forgotten” case referred by France to ECJ

EU judges will have to decide whether Alphabet’s Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling after France’s supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court. Google has gone head to head with the French data protection authority, CNIL, over the territorial scope of […]

US: Uber under FTC investigation

US: Uber under FTC investigation

Adding to the embattled ride-hailing company’s troubles, Uber is now reportedly under investigation for privacy violations by the Federal Trade Commission. Currently it’s purely speculation exactly what has the FTC investigators interested in Uber, which was reported Thursday by Recode. The site speculated that it could be the employees’ use of “god view,” a tool […]

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 […]

Book introduction: Antitrust law in the new economy

Posted by Social Science Research Network Book introduction: Antitrust law in the new economy By Mark R. Patterson (Fordham University) Abstract:      Markets run on information. Buyers make decisions by relying on information about the products available, and sellers decide what to produce based on information about what buyers want. But the ways in […]

CPI TALKS: Interview with FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny – July 2016

CPI TALKS: Interview with FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny – July 2016

In this interesting interview, Commissioner McSweeny addresses questions concerning unilateral conduct section investigations, the Sunshine laws, the Sharing economy andBrexit, among other topics. You can also watch the video of the interview at: https://vimeo.com/competitionpolicyint

CPI(7)1

In this issue: The focus of much of this issue concerns digital media and communications, but first we introduce CPI’s new publishing technology with two audio interviews with leading competition authorities. Then we look at the interplay among online communications platforms, consumer privacy, and consumer protection. We examine what import a price of zero has for […]

Privacy Considerations in European Merger Control: A Square Peg for a Round Hole

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Richard Pepper, Paul Gilbert, May 29, 2015 It is now trite to observe the amount of data generated by modern society. Statistics abound about the data-rich environment created by technological advances and the digital economy: every couple of days, humanity now generates 5 […]

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