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Comment: US FTC’s data-portability workshop illustrates growing tensions between antitrust, privacy

By Max Fillion and Mike Swift
  • 22 Sep 2020 18:41
  • 22 Sep 2020 20:48
Consumer privacy and antitrust are increasingly at odds in the regulation of Big Tech, and that rift was on display today during a US Federal Trade Commission workshop on data portability.

“The goal of today’s discussion isn’t a broad policy pronouncement or legislative recommendation,” the FTC’s head of consumer protection, Andrew Smith,

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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent

Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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