• Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Partner, Baker Botts LLP and Former Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Alec Stapp, Research Fellow, International Center for Law and Economics


Critics of large technology companies and online platforms often focus on those enterprises’ collection and use of consumer data, as well as the security of that data, when calling for more aggressive antitrust scrutiny. Some critics declare that data “is the new oil,” and much like the early 20th Century oil barons, Big Tech uses that asset to unlawfully exclude competition and abuse its market power. Our speakers will discuss what role data is playing in high-profile regulatory and legislative investigations, what role data should play under prevailing U.S. competition-law principles, and whether antitrust law is an appropriate tool to address online consumer privacy.