The Federal Trade Commission is holding its sixth session of its Hearings initiative, with two and a half days of sessions on November 6–8, 2018 at American University Washington College of Law. Watch live webcast now in progress.
The hearings at American University will examine the role that data plays in competition and innovation, and also will consider the antitrust analysis of mergers and firm conduct where data is a key asset or product.
The Commission invites public comment on these issues, including the questions listed below. Comments can be submitted online. Comments are due January 7, 2019. If any entity has provided funding for research, analysis, or commentary that is included in a submitted public comment, such funding and its source should be identified on the first page of any submitted comment.
is “big data”? Is there an important technical or policy distinction to be
drawn between data and big data?
have developments involving data – including data resources, analytic
tools, technology, and business models – changed the understanding and use
of personal or commercial information or sensitive data?
the importance of data – or large, complex data sets comprising personal
or commercial information – in a firm’s ordinary course operations change
how the FTC should analyze mergers or firm conduct? If so, how? Does data
differ in importance from other assets in assessing firm or industry
structural, behavioral, or conduct remedies should the FTC consider when
remedying antitrust harm in a market or industry where data or personal or
commercial information are a significant product or a key competitive
there policy recommendations that would facilitate competition in markets
involving data or personal or commercial information that the FTC should
the presence of personal information or privacy concerns inform or change
- Do state, federal, and international privacy laws and regulations affect competition, innovation, and product offerings in the United States and abroad? If so, how?
FTC & Washington College of Law
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