On the matter of competition and business imperatives, particularly involving big data, Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, had this to say at her speech to the Digital Life Design conference in Munich:
If a company’s use of data is so bad for competition that it outweighs the benefits, we may have to step in to restore a level playing field[.]
We continue to look carefully at this issue….
Never mind that they’ve found nothing:
this certainly doesn’t mean we never will[.]
There isn’t any wrong doing, but we’re going to keep looking for it, anyway. Because jobs. Because government bureaucrat jobs.
Heaven – or at least the European Commission – forfend that a company actually create and defend a comparative advantage, via its own resources.