AIC Submits Comments on JFTC’s Draft Guidelines concerning Abuse of a Superior Bargaining Position Transactions between Digital Platform Operators and Consumers [Sept 2019]

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The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has submitted comments on Guidelines Concerning Abuse of a Superior Bargaining Position under the Anti-monopoly Act on the Transactions between Digital Platform Operators and Consumers that provide Personal Information(“Draft Guidelines”) to Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). We commend JFTC on formulating the Draft Guidelines for public consultation, which will be applied to companies providing online shopping, social media, search engines and video, music and app distribution. We also appreciate the government aims to enact a new law next year to ensure transparency in business transactions with major technology companies. We believe that this is a timely initiative as the economies and companies become more digital in nature.