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Regulation of Cloud Services under US and EU Antitrust, Competition and Privacy Laws

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Sára Gabriella Hoffman

This book examines how cloud-based services challenge the current application of antitrust and privacy laws in the EU and the US. The author looks at the elements of data centers, the way information is organized, and how antitrust, competition and privacy laws in the US and the EU regulate cloud-based services and their market practices. She discusses how platform interoperability can be a driver of incremental innovation and the consequences of not promoting radical innovation. She evaluates applications of predictive analysis based on big data as well as deriving privacy-invasive conduct. She looks at the way antitrust and privacy laws approach consumer protection and how lawmakers can reach more balanced outcomes by understanding the technical background of cloud-based services.

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14 Annex: Interview questions formarket assessment

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14 Annex: Interview questions for market assessment

In the course of research, I have conducted interviews with startups, large corporations and consultancies in the technology sector. The below is a list of questions along which the interviews were conducted. The questions below are provided in German and English.

14.1 Questionnaire in English

I. Questions on interoperability

– In which legal regime (and why there) consider cloud service providers their IPRs and business secrets – in particular the APIs – protected to the highest degree?

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