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US presidential election sparks speculation on the future of antitrust, online policy settings
13 November 2020 00:00
Following Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election, attention has now turned to what policy settings are likely to be affected by the new administration. In the world of antitrust, it’s likely that the impact won’t be dramatic, with the transfer of presidential power usually not eliciting substantial shifts in enforcement. However, when it comes to policy affecting online platforms, speculation is mounting that a Biden administration may want to tweak Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996 — the legislation that means tech giants aren’t held accountable for what appears online. Meanwhile, for California’s electorate, Nov. 3 brought with it an additional poll — one that could have an impact on data protection rules across the country.
US antitrust policy has remained largely consistent across administrations, but uncertainty looms with electionUS antitrust policy hasn’t seen major shifts in enforcement between presidential administrations in decades.
A US Senate hearing featuring chief executives of America’s largest online platforms saw its putative subject — Section 230 of Communications Decency Act of 1996 — reduced to brief mentions.
The risk of committing a privacy violation in California just went up substantially for companies.