Online digital platforms have become a key in our economic life. They brought us innovative efficiency and convenience. On the other hand, they have raised a number of competition related questions. We tend to have a limited number of powerful digital platforms in each online intermediate segment of the economy for years. One of the concerns many reports have raised is the exploitative collection and processing of consumers’ data by digital platforms. Consumers provide a lot of data, in most cases unconsciously, instead of using free digital platform services and only platforms can control them. There is a considerable asymmetry of information between digital platforms and consumers. I will discuss this issue by focusing on the German Facebook case and JFTC’s Guidelines (published on 17/12/2019).


A sandwich lunch will be available from 12.30. The meeting will begin at 1pm.