The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a report setting out its findings following a call for information in relation to the commercial use of consumer data. The CMA's report examined various competition issues – it found mixed evidence of barriers to entry, with the most common concern being whether firms could gain access to consumer data and the difficulties arising from economies of scale and scope faced by small and potential entrants. The CMA did not find evidence to indicate any abuses of dominance but it did identify a number of factors to suggest a greater likelihood of competition concerns, including the existence of incentives to deny access to data and the ability to exclude competitors where there are limited substitutes for the data.

To read the report, please click here.