Personal Data and Consumer Welfare in the Digital Economy

20 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2020

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Smriti Parsheera

Independent

Sarang Moharir

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy

Date Written: February 5, 2020

Abstract

Safeguarding user rights and maximising consumer welfare in the digital economy, particularly in the context of personal data, requires an integrated approach that cuts across the fields of competition, consumer protection, and data protection. While the legal interventions in each of these fields are geared towards securing better outcomes for individuals, often in their capacity as consumers, there are significant differences in the available tools and remedies. Current and proposed regulatory frameworks in India, however, continue with a silo-based approach offering limited scope for cross-sectional analysis of consumer welfare issues in digital markets. We argue for the need to create appropriate legal and institutional mechanisms to facilitate interactions across the fields of competition, consumer protection, and data protection policies as well as sectoral policies.

Keywords: consumer, welfare, competition, india, cci, digital, economy, privacy

Suggested Citation

Parsheera, Smriti and Moharir, Sarang, Personal Data and Consumer Welfare in the Digital Economy (February 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3545497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3545497

Smriti Parsheera

Independent

New Delhi
India

Sarang Moharir (Contact Author)

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy ( email )

18/2, Satsang Vihar Marg
New Delhi, 110067
India

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