Web Conference: The New Frontier: Privacy, Big Data, and Antitrust

Original broadcast date: 27 July 2021

Recent years have seen a fast-emerging regulatory and legislative trend involving the combination of privacy and antitrust law, big data and digital platforms. The legal and enforcement framework is beginning to gel in Canada, the EU, the U.K. and the U.S., and it's only a matter of time before the issue materializes in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and South America, leaving companies with those holding market power and big data in the crosshairs of an entirely new risk.

The U.S. House of Representatives held hearings on the topic in July 2020, the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a similar hearing in September 2020, and FTC Commissioners are giving speeches on the topic, which tends to lead to new policy and accompanying enforcement. Meanwhile, European regulators including the European Commission and those in Germany, France and the U.K. started focusing on new policy in this area.

What will the ultimate policy be? Will there be global harmony or disparate regimes? How will it be enforced? What types of companies are at risk and what's at stake? This session will provide an overview of the issues and address those questions.

Dave Cohen, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, Senior Knowledge Manager, IAPP

D. Reed Freeman, Jr., CIPP/US, Partner, E-Commerce, Privacy, and Data Security Group, Venable LLP
Taylor Owings, Partner, Antitrust and Competition Practice Group, Baker Botts