Antitrust Report

Antitrust

The battle over digital monopolies is just getting started

Regulators have attempted to take on Big Tech before. Now, there is a growing consensus that new antitrust rules and approaches are needed to address the complexity of the digital economy.

With many platforms accused of trampling on competitors to maintain their dominance, antitrust regulation aims to affect the way the big internet platforms control and monopolize user data.

  • What you need to know
  • Regulators will come after Big Tech companies in 10 main arenas: data privacy, data security, antitrust, tax avoidance, misinformation, online harm, obstruction of justice, copyright, net neutrality, and fintech regulation.
  • Doubts lie over whether separating companies would increase competition in any key markets, as underlying market dynamics may continue to favor concentration in the long-term.
  • China is defining what constitutes anticompetitive behavior in the domestic tech sector. The government is concerned by the tech industry’s power and has hardened antitrust laws.

Competition is different in multi-sided markets. Existing competition laws were not conceived for the digital era, particularly when defining significant market power and anticompetitive practices.

Antitrust watchdogs are increasingly concerned that digital platforms use acquisitions to crush competitors.

Greater scrutiny of M&A deals could result in more investigations and pre-empt anti-competition issues. Ensure you’re prepared for what’s to come with GlobalData’s insights.

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