Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Beyond ‘Hipster Antitrust’: A Critical Perspective on the European Commission’s Google Decision

(2017) 1(3) European Competition and Regulation Law Review 188

7 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2017 Last revised: 24 Sep 2017

Angela Daly

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law; Swinburne University of Technology; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Date Written: August 2, 2017

Abstract

This contribution offers a critical socio-legal perspective on the European Commission’s Decision in the Google Shopping investigation. In particular, three outstanding issues, concerning Google’s data collection, algorithmic transparency and the beneficiaries of the Decision are explored. The Decision does not address all the problems associated with Google’s platform power. However, it is argued that competition law, even modified from the current More Economic Approach as the antitrust hipsters suggest, is not able to do this alone, but has to be part of a multi-regime response involving regulation and consumer law.

Keywords: Competition, Antitrust, EU, Google, Algorithms, Transparency, Data Protection, More Economic Approach, Platform Power

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K20, K21, K42

Suggested Citation

Daly, Angela, Beyond ‘Hipster Antitrust’: A Critical Perspective on the European Commission’s Google Decision (August 2, 2017). (2017) 1(3) European Competition and Regulation Law Review 188. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3012437

Angela Daly (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn Victor
3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

Paper statistics

Downloads
472
Rank
50,239
Abstract Views
1,247