FILE PHOTO: Makan Delrahim, an assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in the WSJTECH live conference in Laguna Beach, California, USA, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust chief said on Friday that the existing U.S. anti-trust laws are “flexible enough” to address the damage caused by the technology companies, in the face of growing criticism that these laws do not deal with the tech them.
Makan Delrahim said at an antitrust conference held at Harvard Law School, organized and hosted by the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which counts companies such as Amazon , Facebook and the Alphabet of Google’s members.
“Some people have suggested changing the anti-trust laws, and the creation of new institutions, or even the regulation of the conduct of the several companies is to repeat that the existing framework is flexible enough to allow for detection of damage in each and every industry, and in the future,” Delrahim said.
The Ministry of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, have come under pressure from lawmakers who accused them of wasting time with the argument that had to consider what a tech company is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation into companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.
Delrahim also be notified of the tech companies are collecting vast troves of consumer data could create problems of competition for and in the eyes of the authorities. He did not come up with the name of the company in the past.
Notes about the data and privacy of mirrored concerns of the European anti-trust regulators who have punished tech companies for the use of the data of the consumers in the context of an anti-competitive manner.
“Even though privacy applies principally in the area of consumer protection law, and it would be a serious mistake to believe that the personal life can never have a role to play in antitrust analysis,” Delrahim said.
Reporting by Nandita Bose in Boston; editing by Diane Craft