Those who have been paying attention to the antitrust world recently may have spotted a trend: Competition regulators are getting very interested in the data that large tech companies, in particular, collect, store and analyze. Just look at EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager fretting about voluminous data sets becoming "a barrier to entry for other businesses." U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's, D-Mass., plan to "break up big tech" sees the pro-competitive effects of unwinding big mergers — such as that of Facebook and WhatsApp — as a way of making companies "more responsive to user concerns, including about privacy." These are arguably separate issues, but they are also two facets of the same problem: The biggest tech firms acquire data any which way they can, and once they have a sufficient amount, it puts them in what may be an unassailable position. In this article for The Privacy Advisor, David Meyer reports on the way the privacy and antritrust worlds are starting to cross over.
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