Web Privacy May Become A Competition Issue, EU Official Says

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 6:48 PM EST) -- The burgeoning value and use of consumers' personal data may at some point bring the world of Internet privacy under competition regulators' purview, the European Commission's antitrust chief said Monday.

Speaking at a Privacy Platform event in Brussels, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that though issues of privacy had yet to intersect with the antitrust world, the growing importance of personal data for both individuals and businesses could eventually join the two.

“Traditionally, the storage and treatment of personal data has been the province of...
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