*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The point of view of the French competition authority Bruno Lasserre Chairman, Autorité de la concurrence, Paris Introduction 1. The encounter between competition law and the protection of personal data is rarely discussed. It is true that some authorities, such as the US Federal Trade Commission, combine the two competences. However, the division of tasks that prevails in most national systems explains why the meeting points are more difficult to detect and therefore more rarely analysed. 2. The intersections between competition law and the protection of personal data are in fact not new (I.); indeed, from these encounters between the two bodies of rules
This second roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust” (Paris, 22th of February 2013) was dedicated to « Personal data: Will competition law collide with privacy?». Bruno Lasserre author of the first contribution and President of the French Competition Authority provides us with the point of view of the French Competition Authority. According to Isabelle Falque Pierrotin, President of the French CNIL and author of the second contribution, the competitive problematic on the personal data requires the establishment of a true inter-regulation. Damien Geradin and Monika Kuschewsky, lawyers and authors of the last contribution, give some thoughts on the critical importance of the acquisition of personal data for the key internet players. They underline that the practices aiming at collecting data can be anticompetitive. They also search to know whether EU competition law can be used to force dominant companies to share their data with competitors.
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