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Centre Director: "the decision of the German authorities to ban the export of personal data of users was revolutionary"

Centre Director: "the decision of the German authorities to ban the export of personal data of users was revolutionary"

02.09.2019
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The director of the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development and the BRICS Competition Centre - Alexey Ivanov, said in his interview to "Vzglyad" that - the decision of the German authorities to ban the export of personal data of users was revolutionary.

According to Alexey, the German regulator, for the first time officially recognized the loophole that could not be correctly described by antitrust law previously - monopolization of markets through data control. Ivanov noted that the German authorities showed great flexibility by making a decision that incorporated antitrust and personal data rights.

Alexey Ivanov believes that the German experience has shown - change in the antitrust regulation lies in the change in legislation, rather than practice. This is due to the dependence of the courts on the previous 'safe' ways. The once that can only be changed through updating the legislations.

Ivanov recalled that much of what legislators in Germany are considering now was offered in Russia more than a year ago as part of the first edition of the Fifth Antimonopoly Package. The proposal was rejected due to the dependence of the legal community on outdated ideas about the role of antitrust regulation in the development of the new economy. Experts from Russia and other BRICS countries will have another chance to discuss the changes in the economy of the 21st century and development of the antitrust regulation in the digital era during the VI BRICS Conference in Moscow this September.