Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century: American University, November 6-8, 2018 #FTC-2018-0100-D-0011

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0100-D-0011
Commenter:
Johnny Ryan
Organization:
Brave
State:
California
Initiative Name:
Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century: American University, November 6-8, 2018
Please find attached comments from Brave Software on hearing 6 on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. I represent Brave, a rapidly growing technology company that financially supports websites and protects privacy online. Brave is at the cutting edge of the online media industry. Our CEO, Brendan Eich, is the inventor of JavaScript, and co-founded Mozilla/Firefox. Brave is headquartered in San Francisco, and our employees work on key technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, and security. We work with partners across the online media and advertising industry, and have developed a form of private online advertising that protects consumers from adtech surveillance. The Commission has requested comment on the Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century Hearings. This letter responds to three particularly important questions issued by the Commission regarding hearing 6 on Privacy, Big Data, and Competition: Antitrust and personal information, and how dominant companies can cross-use data to stifle competition (our response to FTC question 6). The impact of the GDPR on the United States (our response to FTC question 7). Braves recommendations on i) the character of a future United States federal law built on the GDPR that could protect innovation, competition, and consumer welfare; and ii) the value of purpose specification as an antitrust analysis and enforcement tool (our response to FTC question 5). We are at your disposal to discuss these responses, and to would welcome the opportunity to brief the Commission on how greater privacy protections and antitrust regulation can benefit the online media and advertising market and consumers. Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS