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

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Angela Daly

University of Dundee; University of Oxford - Magdalen College; 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 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3012437

Angela Daly (Contact Author)

University of Dundee ( email )

Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

University of Oxford - Magdalen College ( email )

Magdalen College
Oxford, OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

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

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

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