Progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged antitrust enforcers on Wednesday to pursue big tech companies, like Google and Facebook, that control giant tranches of consumer data:
“There is no exception in antitrust law for Big Tech. It is time for antitrust enforcers to start looking critically at the ways in which massive amounts of data can be manipulated in ways that choke off competition.”
Her comments at an event held by the Open Markets Institute are part of increasing pressure on major tech companies coming from the left, which has typically been supportive of the industry.
Technology companies are facing growing international obstacles affecting how their most valuable asset — data — flows across borders. New trade agreements and laws are affecting how companies share and store their troves of data around the world.