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Publication Date: 30th November 2018

The platform economy has the potential to deliver substantial economic and societal benefits. At the same time, the rise of online platforms creates new challenges for consumer protection and competition policy. In order to ensure a thriving and competitive marketplace, policymakers should consider the role of data as a production factor and data itself as a potential barrier to market entry when assessing market power and potential anti-competitive conduct.

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