By two judgments of 7 July 2015, the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal ("Appeals Tribunal") overturned two earlier judgments of the Rotterdam District Court ("District Court") which had annulled two cartel decisions of the Dutch Competition Authority ("DCA") due to the alleged illegal use of evidence derived from telephone taps.
Will personal data become a property right licensed to those who give you the best deal for it? Researchers at a conference convened by the Max-Planck Institute on Innovation and Competition in Munich delved into a future “holistic approach” of intellectual property, data and consumer protection, with additional assistance from competition law.
Tech companies earn billions of euros each year from the data they gather from people’s increasingly digital lives.
But to prove these companies have fallen afoul of Europe’s tough competition laws, regulators like Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust enforcer, must show that their dominance over vast amounts of people’s data has hampered consumer choice by relegating potential rivals to the sidelines, according to competition lawyers and policymakers.