Facebook and Bundeskartellamt’s Winter of Discontent

Competition Policy International, 2019

5 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2019

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Giuseppe Colangelo

Università degli Studi della Basilicata; Stanford Law School; LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Business and Management; International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Date Written: September 24, 2019

Abstract

After a three-year investigation, the German Facebook saga is not over yet. As in the well-known TV series, “winter is coming” for the Bundeskartellamt (FCO). On August 26, 2019, the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Düsseldorf suspended the FCO’s landmark Facebook decision, expressing “serious doubts” about its legal basis. According to the OLG, the decision lacks “meaningful findings” and relies on unconvincing arguments that are “without substance” and “meaningless.”

Keywords: Antitrust, Privacy, Big data, Facebook, Bundeskartellamt, Data policy

JEL Classification: D83, K21, L12, L4

Suggested Citation

Colangelo, Giuseppe, Facebook and Bundeskartellamt’s Winter of Discontent (September 24, 2019). Competition Policy International, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3458922

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