Where Privacy Meets Antitrust
PRIVACYApril 2, 2012
During a speech to the American Bar Association's antitrust section on Thursday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), the chair of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology, said that people's "right to privacy can be a casualty of anti-competitive practices." He said that giant companies are becoming immune to market pressure, and "The more dominant these companies become...the less incentive they have to respect your privacy." Franken added, "When companies become so dominant that they can violate their users' privacy without worrying about market pressure, all that's left is the incentive to get more and more information about you. That's a big problem if you care about privacy, and it's a problem that the antitrust community should be talking about."