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Regulating Big Tech? Transnational Perspectives on Privacy, Antitrust and Consumer Protection

When: Monday, October 14, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Arthur Rubloff Building, 140, 375 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Janka Pieper   (847) 467-5344

Group: Office of the Vice President for International Relations

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


The digital revolution harbors both, opportunities and challenges for innovation, democracy, and technology governance. The rise of digital platforms such as GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) has disrupted old business models, while simultaneously creating opportunities for new models and industry players.

The European Union has responded to these challenges by enacting regulations which aim at protecting fundamental rights, enabling a digital single market, and counteracting power asymmetries. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has gained worldwide attention. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) seems to point in the same direction. Does the US need a federal privacy law?

Competition and antitrust law is another area of regulatory intervention. The European Commission’s antitrust cases on Google and others have taken a strong stance against the market dominance abuses. The FTC is also pursuing several cases and has fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations. Novel legal approaches to include the value of data aggregation in competition law enforcement are being developed.

This panel discussion will explore how antitrust, consumer welfare and data protection authorities may join forces to facilitate a ‘race to the top’ on privacy standards, proper functioning of the market, and public welfare.



Laura Pedraza-Fariña, PhD, JD

Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago


Marc Rotenberg, JD, LLM

President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Washington, DC; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University


Ingrid Schneider, PhD

Professor for Political Science, Centre for Ethics in Information Technologies, Universität Hamburg, Germany


James B. Speta, JD

Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Vice Dean of

the Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago



Matthew Kugler, PhD, JD

Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago


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