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Competition Law and Big Data
Imposing Access to Information in Digital Markets. New Horizons in Competition Law and Economics series
In this timely book, Beata Maihaniemi analyses and evaluates how the characteristics of information as a good, as well as the characteristics of digital platforms, affect the application of competition law in both theory and practice.
Chapters offer a full evaluation and in-depth analysis of several key case studies in which information such as big data has been obtained, made use of, sold, or biased in an uncompetitive way. Such critical case studies include the European Commission's 2017 judgement against Google for granting illegal advantage to their own comparison shopping service, as well as the Bundeskartellamt's decision regarding Facebook's unfair trading terms under which it was gathering users' data without their voluntary consent. Reacting to these cases, the book offers guidance on how competition law can evolve to accommodate digital markets, such as classifying information as 'commons' or 'commodity', in order to realise social goals such as fairness.
Compelling and insightful, this book will prove an important companion for students and scholars studying digital markets, as well as competition law more widely. It will also appeal to practitioners working on cases involving the regulation and usage of big data.
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'This is an excellent work. It is well researched, clearly referenced, well written and logically structured. Its arguments are thought provoking. I am certain that some will find some of the author's positions controversial. This is a good thing; these positions should shake the reader out of any complacency they may have. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work and would recommend it to others.' -- Bruce Wardhaugh, European Competition Law Review '... it is a book that may be referred to as it provides a very useful and valuable compendium of references to the relevant cases and materials on Big Data, and articles and commentaries which have been the subject of considerable discussion for over 10 years.' -- Tim Cowen, Competition Law Journal