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Competition Law and Big Data

Imposing Access to Information in Digital Markets Beata Mäihäniemi, Post-doctoral Researcher in Law and Digitalization, Legal Tech Lab, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
In this timely book, Beata Mäihäniemi 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.
Extent: c 336 pp
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Publication Date: February 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 425 7
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  • Law - Academic
  • Competition and Antitrust Law
  • European Law
  • Information and Media Law
  • Internet and Technology Law
In this timely book, Beata Mäihäniemi 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.
Contents: 1. Introduction PART I THEORY ON ABUSE OF DOMINANCE IN DIGITAL MARKETS 2. Introduction to Part I: Theory on Abuse of Dominance in Digital Markets 3. Information in digital markets 4. Characteristics of digital markets and their implications on the assessment of market power 5. Dominance of online platforms 6. Law on abuse of dominance in digital markets PART II REFUSAL TO GIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION: CASE STUDY OF GOOGLE SEARCH BEHAVIOURS 7. Introduction to Part II: Refusal to Give Access to Information: Case Study of Google Search Behaviours 8. Background on the antitrust investigations into Google 9. Is Google dominant? 10. Contractual restrictions on the portability and management of online search advertising campaigns across Google's AdWords and competing platforms 11. Search bias as an abuse of dominance 12. On the choice of legal procedures and actions for the European Commission in Google Search (Shopping) decision Part III POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON ABUSE OF DOMINANCE BY INFORMATION INTERMEDIARIES 13. Introduction to Part III: Policy Recommendations on Abuse of Dominance by Information Intermediaries 14. Intersection between digital markets and competition law. problems and practical solutions 15. Conclusions Index