United Kingdom – The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are committed to working together on regulatory decisions that benefit competition and privacy.
In a joint statement, ICO and CMA emphasized the strong overlap between promoting and protecting competition in digital markets and protecting people’s data.
The two regulators added that they would work together to make regulatory decisions that produce good competition and privacy scores, and have updated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations.
The Memorandum of Understanding sets the scope for further cooperation between the two regulators, including the exchange of information and the potential for joint projects.
The CMA and ICO are already working together on an investigation into Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies from the Chrome browser and the ICO’s investigation into real-time bidding in the adtech industry.
The CMA recently acquired a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to increase online competition and give the public more control over their data.
Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, said: “In our increasingly digital world, the links between data protection, competition and consumer rights regulation make our work together timely and important.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the CMA to ensure that people’s data is protected and that digital innovation and competition are supported.”
Andrea Coscelli, Managing Director of the CMA, said: “A well-functioning digital market must maintain privacy and offer competitive online services in order to empower consumers.
“This statement clearly shows that robust data protection can support dynamic competition in digital markets, and digital companies should not use data protection as an excuse for anti-competitive behavior.”