Big data, privacy and competition law: putting theory into practice

The ability to extract and exploit useful information from very large volumes of data provides a range of benefits. It can increase efficiency, stimulate innovation and improve interactions with customers. In the last few years, regulators have also started to take a greater interest in this area, and have adopted a more interventionist stance.  We will look at the implications for your business as “big data” projects move off the drawing board and into practice.

The session will include: 

  • An overview of the current general and sectorial studies into the use of big data, such as the FCA’s review of big data in the retail insurance market, the CMA’s report on the commercial use of consumer data, and the study jointly launched by the French and German competition authorities.
  • The influence of big data on merger control decisions following Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp.
  • The implications of dominance in the market for big data. 
  • The perils of using social media as a means of profiling customers.

Speakers will be drawn from:

Stéphanie Patureau, Managing Associate
Richard Cumbley, Partner

Who should attend this seminar?

This seminar will be of interest to in-house counsel, data protection and antitrust lawyers.