Data as a barrier to entry in online competition
12 PM EDT
The collection of user data by online companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft has led some critics to call for antitrust intervention. They argue that the collection of large amounts of user data – sometimes referred to as "big data" – leads to entrenchment of incumbent firms. Does access to data create insurmountable barriers to entry for new competition? What role, if any, should antitrust law play?
· Logan M. Breed, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
· Nathan Newman, Information Law Institute, New York University, New York City
· Darren S. Tucker, Bingham McCutchen, Washington, D.C.
· John M. Yun, Federal Trade Commission,Washington, D.C.
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