Last week, we spoke about competition and privacy. On Thursday, let's discuss the recent data-driven antitrust cases. Last week, the Commission and UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened two separate investigations against Facebook's use of data. Both cases are different. The Commission investigates whether the use of advertising data in online classified ads services markets, where Facebook is active with its service "Facebook Marketplace," and whether the alleged tying of the later service with the Facebook social network excludes rivals. By contrast, the UK investigates whether the use of advertising data and single sign-on data (including potentially personal data) excludes competitors in online classified ads services markets and online dating services markets, where Facebook is active with its service "Facebook dating."
We will discuss the theory of harm based on the Commission's data-driven antitrust and merger practice, including the recent Google/Fitbit merger. Last but not least, we will explore them in the light of the EC and UK proposals to regulate large online platforms.
Academics, you are welcome to present your research! (please send me an email to organize a presentation).
Join us on Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm CET time to freely exchange about digital competition.
The Café will take place via Skype at the following link.
Please send me an email if you want to participate.