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Join Symposium Co-chair Dr. Orla Lynskey, Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, and thought leaders in data protection, privacy and competition law, as well as regulators from both the EU and the U.S., to discuss the complex issues arising in a digital economy at the intersection of these two disciplines.
This is a special moment to bring together thought leaders and regulators in data protection and privacy and competition law to discuss the complex issues arising at the intersection of these two areas. A recent decision of the German Competition Authority; the creation of the Digital Clearinghouse hosted by the European Data Protection Supervisor; the recent series of public hearings on competition, consumer protection and privacy hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S.; the Report on “Competition Policy for the Digital Era” published by the European Commission – these are only some of the core developments shaping a new approach towards digital markets, competitors, and consumers.
The full-day conference will begin with a “boot camp” covering the fundamentals of competition law for data protection professionals. The symposium also will feature three panel discussions:
• Boot Camp: Fundamentals of EU Competition Law
This special educational session guided by competition law and data protection law specialists is
aimed at introducing the fundamentals of EU Competition Law to privacy professionals.
• Nicolo Zingales, Associate Professor, Competition and Information Law, Leeds Law School
• Orla Lynskey, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
• Panel 1: Competition in Data-Driven Markets
Is personal data a barrier to entry to digital markets? What are the implications of data-sharing and interoperability from a data protection perspective? Are new limits on data-driven mergers desirable? What is the role of data protection in competition analysis and of competition analysis in data protection?
CHAIR: Joris von Hoboken, Professor of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
• Marianela Lopez-Galdos, Global Competition Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
• Mark MacCarthy, Senior Fellow, Institute for Technology Law and Policy, Georgetown Law
• Alexandros Papanikolaou, DG Competition, European Commission
• Panel 2: Excessive Pricing, Value, and Personal Data in the Digital Environment
How does the value of data figure in competition analysis? What are the differences between valuation of data by consumers and by companies? Could competition law provisions on excessive pricing or unfair trading place limits on data collection by dominant companies? How is ‘excess’ measured or determined? How does data minimization fit in?
CHAIR: Alison Jones, Professor of Law, King’s College London
• Giorgio Monti, Professor of Law, Tilburg Law School
• David Martin, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC, European Consumer Organisation
• Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, Senior Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum
• Panel 3: Remedies and Institutional Design
Are current data protection and competition remedies up to the task of ensuring fair digital markets? Should DPAs deploy an antitrust toolbox with structural remedies in privacy cases? Are competition authorities in the EU well-equipped to make data protection considerations and if so, are they stepping into an exclusive competence of DPAs? Do DPAs and competition authorities have the tech expertise needed to address issues like machine learning and AI?
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