Competition Law and Big Data
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Competition Law and Big Data

Imposing Access to Information in Digital Markets

Beata Mäihäniemi

In this timely book, Beata Mäihäniemi analyses and evaluates how the characteristics of information as a good, as well as the characteristics of digital platforms, affect the application of competition law in both theory and practice.
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Chapter 6: Law on abuse of dominance in digital markets

Beata Mäihäniemi

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the law on abuse, as applied to situations where access to information is refused or granted on discriminatory terms. It proposes the accommodation of rapid technological change; preserving incentives to invest; focusing on consumer harm; and granting a larger role to objective (business) justifications provided by dominant companies. Moreover, it stresses that the fact that because the dominant company operates as an information intermediary should not presuppose the higher level of special responsibility. Of course, this should not mean that there is a duty to assist rivals. Only where the general criteria for abuse of dominance are fulfilled can a dominant undertaking fall under the scrutiny of competition law regarding its allegedly anticompetitive abuses. Where a dominant online platform acts as an information intermediary, it should not be subjected to higher standards than a ‘regular’ online platform.

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