Global Digital Market Group Meeting: Competition Policy in the Age of ‘Big Data’

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Date(s) - 26/02/2018
11:00 - 12:30





The date for the next meeting of the Global Digital Market Group will take place on Monday 26th February, 1100 to 1230 hours in Central London.

At our recent Council meeting, the Group Chair identified a number of topics that are of significant concern to members, including Competition Policy in the “Big Data” age, Free Flow of Data, Standards and Digital Solutions in Public Service Delivery.  Joint actions with the Smart Society Group is considered to be advantageous.

On Competition Policy the following current issues will be on the agenda for discussion and consideration of further action:

  • Algorithms and responsibility for algorithmic trading in cartel cases.
  • Algorithmic bias and the impact on news and media (incl. latest parliamentary investigations of the same in the UK, EU, US).
  • Bias in search results (shopping, news maps, images etc.).
  • Merger control over tech companies involved in providing Critical National Infrastructure.
  • Monopolisation of Big Data, and access to the same. (e.g. Commission Google case and CMA Open Banking APIs).
  • Barrier breaking opportunities for Government.

On Free Flow of Data, it is noted that the EU has just adopted the geo-blocking Regulation. Should this (and other elements of the EU Digital Single Market package) be on the agenda to encourage the free flow of, and access to, data across the EU?

On Public Service Delivery, the DPA’s Smart City Group, led by Daniel Zeichner MP is progressing a number of topics, but a key priority for us might be specification processes in local authority and government purchasing contracts.

On Telecoms, there is an urgent need to build 5G with high frequency spectrum (3.4 GHz etc), now being delayed through claims made in the courts by all of the operators, and the current lack of fibre to masts and towers. A change from the model of ‘utility regulation’ to ‘dynamic competition’ is considered essential for the delivery of the Government’s ambitions for a full-fibre future, with widespread deployment of 5G.

Please suggest other items that you consider appropriate for the Group to consider if they do not appear above, and you wish to add them to the agenda for the meeting.

Please email to register your attendance. Room capacity is limited, and a ‘first come, first served’ policy will therefore be adopted.

This meeting is for DPA members and registered observers only.  If you are interested in becoming a member we would welcome your attendance as a taster, but before any further participation, you would then need to join us.  More details are available at: