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Breaking Away

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Check out my latest work, which -- 

  • Fully explores how data-opolies colonize and dominate markets

  • Identifies three fundamental shortcomings in the proposed remedies, which assume that more competition and an ownership interest in our data or GDPR-like privacy measures will somehow rein in these data-opolies

  • Explores the looming privacy/competition divide and flags several traps that await policymakers in trying to promote both competition and privacy

  • Examines solutions that can promote privacy, deter the toxic competition caused by behavioral advertising, and balance privacy and healthy competition when they conflict


Notable Privacy and Security Books 2022 -- TeachPrivacy

Overall, the arguments in the book are clear, well-evidenced and indicative of the author’s distinguished career as a scholar, lawyer and legal advisor.

Stucke methodically exposes the anti-competitive practices of data-opolies, the failures of current legal regimes in various jurisdictions and the fallacy of both competition-based and privacy-based solutions, which often overlook the realities of how digital platforms function, the interdependency of users’ data and the extent to which these platforms are already integrated into our lives.

Stucke uses concise language and useful examples to make specialised concepts (mainly from competition law and economic theory) easily comprehensible to readers who are unfamiliar with either or both fields.

This makes Breaking Away a valuable read not only for scholars, lawyers, consumer groups and policymakers, but also anyone interested in how their data are being used and what can be done about it.  

Shania Ann Kirk, European Journal of Risk Regulation

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