EC official marks significance of Amazon case in future antitrust scrutiny – ABA Spring Meeting

24 April 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

The European Commission’s (EC) investigation into Amazon and how the platform uses data is an example for the kind of conduct antitrust enforcers might want to watch out for in the future, a senior official said today (23 April).

“It’s an example perhaps of the issue that – given the greater importance of data – might be more prevalent in platform markets in the future,” Nicholas Banasevic, head of unit for antitrust in IT, Internet and consumer electronics at the EC’s competition directorate, said.

Banasevic, who was speaking in a personal capacity, made the remarks in response to a question on what he thinks will be the next big concern for the antitrust enforcement community. He was speaking during a videocast on a panel titled “Big Tech: Too Big To Break Up?” organised by the American Bar Association for its virtual antitrust spring meeting.

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