The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology and Innovation, said:

“As data becomes ever more central to business models, the interaction between data protection and competition regulation increases. The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Market Study highlights the cross regulatory issues that arise in today’s digital landscape. We have welcomed the chance to contribute to this important work.

“Giving people control over what happens to their personal data is central to data protection law in the UK and is also a vital element of consumer protection. Our joint engagement will bring benefits to businesses and consumers alike.

“We look forward to working with the CMA and Ofcom through the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum and the Digital Markets Taskforce, by contributing our expertise in data protection and e-privacy regulation to these important initiatives.”