When Regulatory Worlds Collide – the Intersection of Privacy, Competition and Consumer Protection


  • Brent R. Homan


  • Anna Colaps
  • Erika M. Douglas
  • Ian Cohen
  • Alan Campos Elias Thomaz

Organisation: GPA's Digital Citizen and Consumer Working Group / DCCWG

Room: Online 4

Timing: 18:50 - 20:15 on 28 January 2021

As consumers and businesses continue to develop technology-driven commercial relationships and with personal data increasingly representing the currency of digital commerce, the overlap between the regulatory spheres of privacy, consumer protection and anti-trust has become more apparent than ever.. Regulators and global networks have been living and examining this intersection of regulatory spheres. Privacy and consumer protection regulators are increasingly taking enforcement action over the same privacy related conduct. At the same time, privacy considerations have become a subject of increased discussion in the anti-trust realm, revealing complements and tensions between the two disciplines. Through this session, the cross-disciplinary panel will:

• Provide insights into the factors that have driven the intersection between privacy, competition and consumer protection and examples of intersection related enforcement cases;
• Learn how different stakeholders (companies, regulators, policymakers) perceive and navigate the growing intersection
• Discuss complements and tensions between the Privacy and Anti-Trust regulatory spheres;
• Discuss examples of cross-regulatory collaboration – what has worked; challenges faced; and the potential benefits


Brent R. Homan

Canadian Office of Privacy Commissioner (CA)

Mr. Homan oversees enforcement of Canada’s federal public and private sector privacy laws. His key investigations include: Facebook/Cambridge Analytica (2019), Equifax (2018), and Ashley Madison (2016). With a rich background in International enforcement, he co-led international investigations: Global Privacy Award winning Ashley Madison joint-investigation with Australia & US FTC; and international joint-investigation in field of Privacy (against Whatsapp) with the Dutch. Leader in digital economy, he co-chairs a GPA WG examining intersection of privacy, consumer-protection and competition, seeking to advance collaboration across these regulatory spheres.


Anna Colaps

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)(EU)

Anna is Member of Cabinet at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), advising on protection of rights in the digital sphere, privacy and competition, online manipulation, scientific research, ethics and innovation. Anna holds a PhD in European Law from the University of Naples Parthenope. Her research focused on the interaction between data protection, privacy and competition law in data-driven markets.
Prior to joining the EDPS, she worked as PhD researcher and lecturer at the University of Naples Parthenope and at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition.
Anna holds a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II and she is a qualified lawyer admitted to the Italian bar.

Erika M. Douglas

Temple University (US)

Erika M. Douglas is an Assistant Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of antitrust, data privacy and intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on the application of legal theory to new technology. Professor Douglas teaches New Technology Regulation, Patents, and Contracts. Her articles have appeared in various journals and books, including Yale Law Journal Forum, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology and Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. Prior to joining Temple, Professor Douglas practiced antitrust law at the Silicon Valley office of Covington & Burling LLP, where she represented several Fortune 100 technology companies in complex antitrust matters and investigations.

Ian Cohen

Lokker (US)

A leader in building online businesses, Ian Cohen has been a consumer data and privacy advocate for over 20 years. He currently serves as the CEO of Lokker, a Privacy Management Platform that gives enterprises complete visibility and control over the data being shared with third-party applications. Prior to Lokker, Ian was the General Manager and Chief Product Officer for Experian’s Consumer Services Division in North America. Prior to Experian, Ian was CEO at Credit.com, a free destination site for consumers that earned over five million views a month.

Alan Campos Elias Thomaz

Campos Thomaz Advogados (BR)

Alan Thomaz is the founding partner of CT | Campos Thomaz Advogados and CEO of ATech Privacy Center. Advised high-profile national and international organizations on technology, privacy, and data protection transactional and litigation issues, with over twelve years of private practice experience. He holds an LLB, PGDip in intellectual property and an LLM in business law from FGV, LLM in Law & Technology (Tilburg University), and was recently admitted to the LLM in Law, Science & Technology (Stanford Law School - 2022). Brazilian chair, Official Training Partner, and FIP by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He actively participated in the discussions of the recently enacted Brazil's GDPR-like legislation.