The Microsoft-Yahoo Merger: Yes, Privacy is an Antitrust Concern
FTC: Watch, No. 714, 2008
3 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2008 Last revised: 25 Oct 2012
Privacy and antitrust? Isn't antitrust only supposed to be concerned with price? Well, no. Antitrust is actually about consumer choice, and price is only one type of choice. The ultimate purpose of the antitrust laws is to help ensure that the free market will bring to consumers everything they want from competition. This starts with competitive prices, of course, but consumers also want an optimal level of variety, innovation, quality, and other forms of non-price competition. Including, in the Google-Doubleclick and Microsoft-Yahoo transactions, privacy protection.
Keywords: antitrust, mergers, privacy, consumer protection
JEL Classification: K21
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