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Part V Advancing a Research Agenda for the Agencies and Academics, 22 Conclusion

Maurice E. Stucke, Allen P. Grunes

From: Big Data and Competition Policy

Maurice Stucke, Allen Grunes

From: Oxford Competition Law (http://oxcat.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 September 2020

Rights — Internet — Technology — National merger control

This concluding chapter describes the integral role of competition law in ensuring that everyone can realize the benefits of a data-driven economy while mitigating its associated risks. Policymakers must not assume that privacy, consumer protection, and competition policy concerns are so distinct that they should be left to their respective agencies. Likewise, the fact that privacy is a fundamental right in some jurisdictions does not mean that it is always relevant in competition policy. The chapter argues that people cannot afford a widening gap between enforcement and policy among jurisdictions. Such a gap leaves enforcers ill-equipped to identify and address the anticompetitive risks and privacy harms from data-driven mergers and abuses by dominant firms, subjects companies to inconsistent enforcement, and leaves consumers and start-ups vulnerable.

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