UK Watchdog Not Alarmed By E-Commerce Info-Gathering

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT) -- Online businesses use customer information to shape their pricing and place advertisements, but there is no evidence that consumers are disadvantaged by these policies, a U.K. competition watchdog said in a report released Friday.

The report by the U.K.’s Office of Fair Trading, titled “Personalised Pricing: Increasing Transparency to Improve Trust,” found no evidence that online retailers use information collected from individuals to offer higher prices to specific customers, a concern that had been raised to the office, an OFT statement said.

The report also said...
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