Apr 12, 2018

04/12/2018: Europe’s top antitrust official says competition will never take place without regulation

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(U.S. Edition) The World Trade Organization is out with new data showing global commerce is off to a strong start. But there's a stark warning that governments should refrain from a retaliatory trade measure. Who could they possibly be talking…

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Europe's top antitrust official: If there's no regulation, "you have just the laws of the jungle and not the laws of democracy"

Apr 12, 2018
Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, says Facebook doesn't need to know the name of your dog or your mother's maiden name.
EU Commissioner of Competition Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on antitrust cases at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.
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(U.S. Edition) The World Trade Organization is out with new data showing global commerce is off to a strong start. But there’s a stark warning that governments should refrain from a retaliatory trade measure. Who could they possibly be talking about? Afterwards, we’ll chat with Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official who’s gone after the world’s biggest tech companies. Following Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on Capitol Hill, she joined us to talk about why privacy is such an important issue to her and why she thinks regulation isn’t a disadvantage for smaller companies. Plus: Why 2018 is shaping up to be a good year for the big banks.

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