​New ways needed to look at 'essential' data, Vestager report author says

17 April 2019 2:04pm
Modern giants of the Internet shouldn't be looked at with old legal theories designed for an age of infrastructure such as ports and waterways, Jacques Crémer, co-author of an influential report on technology policy, has said.

The French professor told MLex the "essential-facilities doctrine" was "not appropriate" for dominant data-rich companies, and that they might instead face interoperability requirements to guarantee a "more continuous" flow of data to rivals.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager commissioned Crémer and two other professors — Heike Schweitzer and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye — to draft a report on how competition enforcement might change to deal with the challenges of technology companies.

By Lewis Crofts.