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Plans to change Malaysia’s leniency rules; and Australian insurers lap up smartwatch data
08 July 2022 00:00
The logic of leniency rules is rock-solid in the eyes of enforcers: Deals promising lighter sentencing can coax cartelists out of the woodwork and reveal otherwise undetectable anticompetitive agreements. But in Malaysia, leniency rules have been in place for eight years without a single successful application, sparking soul-searching about what changes are needed to make the rules work. Also on today’s podcast: Why are insurers so keen to get their hands on fitness data generated by your smartwatch? Australia is pondering this very question, with data-driven discounts raising the question of whether those unwilling to hand over the data from a wearable device risk facing discrimination from insurers amassing new levels of information.
01 July 2022 08:56 by Jet Damazo-SantosInvestigating cartels without the aid of leniency applicants is like “searching in the dark,” Malaysia’s antitrust chief
24 June 2022 06:27 by Laurel HenningStanding between insurers and the unimpeded use of data collected by a smart watch is industry regulation
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Jet Damazo-Santos Correspondent, Jakarta
Jet Damazo-Santos has been covering antitrust, data protection and other compliance issues in key jurisdictions in Southeast Asia for MLex full time since 2018. She has almost two decades of journalism experience in the Philippines and Indonesia, where she was the associate editor for the Jakarta Globe and the Jakarta bureau chief for Rappler Indonesia prior to joining MLex. She holds a master's degree in Applied Business Economics from the University of Asia and the
Laurel Henning Senior Correspondent
Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and... Read more