Competition Bureau invites feedback on big data white paper

News Release

September 18, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

As part of its commitment to engage with Canadians on emerging issues, the Competition Bureau has published a white paper on big data for public consultation.

Recent global developments in technology have allowed firms to harness data in ways that drive innovation and quality improvements across a range of industries. At the same time, the use of big data by firms may raise challenges related to competition law enforcement.

Through this white paper, the Bureau aims to spark a discussion with interested parties on how these challenges can be addressed to support innovation and competition in the marketplace.

The Bureau continues to be vigilant regarding new competition issues in the digital economy. The Bureau’s experience in recent and ongoing cases, including investigations into Google’s online search as well as the Toronto Real Estate Board’s restrictions on its member agents’ access to important data, has informed the white paper.

Interested parties are invited to provide their views on the white paper no later than November 17, 2017 by completing the online form, or by sending them to the coordinates below:

Competition Promotion Branch
Competition Bureau
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0C9
Fax: 819-934-9293

Responses will be posted on the Bureau’s website, unless it is specifically requested that they be kept confidential.

The Bureau plans to release a concise summary of insights informed by these public comments in the near future.

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