Algorithms in the Spotlight of Antitrust Authorities

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Digital ubiquity, and the resulting rules, do not only concern tech giants. To the contrary, digital regulation is relevant for companies in all market sectors. The ever-growing amount of data and its use inevitably involves the use of artificial intelligence and in particular algorithms. On the one hand, algorithms have increasingly become key in making (digital) business models more successful, efficient and innovative by creating significant competitive advantages.

In this blog, the authors analyse the Joint study by the Bundeskartellamt (German Cartel Office) and the Autorité de la concurrence (French Competition Authority) on ’Algorithms and Competition’ from a German, French and Brussels’ perspective and provide concrete practical guidance on antitrust compliance regarding the use of algorithms.