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Digital Platforms – Balancing Competition and Privacy

Vanessa Yanhua Zhang, Joseph Bial, Jinhwa Ha, Kyoung Yeon Kim, and Angie Ng

There has been increasing scrutiny of digital platforms around the globe, particularly for abuse of dominance and privacy infringements.  Proponents of competition advocate for more data sharing whereas defenders of privacy argue that personal information could be exploited or misused and there are elevated concerns over the perceived market power of tech giants.  Authorities in Asia and North America have been amending laws to align with European privacy rules and many regions have been tightening enforcement around digital platforms including the Anti-Monopoly Law in China, the Digital Markets Act in Europe and numerous monopolization probes in Korea.  Legal and economic positions vary by jurisdiction with the interaction between competition and privacy hanging in the balance.

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.