Matthew Hall Quoted in Compliance Week on Germany’s Approach to Antitrust and GDPR Violations

February 10, 2020

McGuireWoods London partner Matthew Hall was quoted in a Feb. 3, 2020, Compliance Week article on Germany’s approach to spotlighting alleged violations of antitrust/competition law and data privacy under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In the article, Hall said recent German cases “show that EU regulators (on both the competition law and data protection side) have the internet giants firmly in their sights, and competition law at the EU and national level is flexible enough to catch ‘new’ types of anti-competitive practices.”

He also predicted that other EU states, along with the European Commission, will soon take on Big Tech regarding privacy, data protection and competition concerns.

“The use by the German competition regulator of alleged GDPR breaches to create a competition law breach is new but unlikely to remain an isolated example,” Hall said.