The chair of Internet and Telecommunications Business is pleased to announce that the publication by Prof. Dr. Jan Krämer and Nadine Stüdlein entitled "Data portability, data disclosure and data-induced switching costs: Some unintended consequences of the General Data Protection Regulation" has been accepted for publication in Economics Letters.
“The right to port data between content providers (CPs) has recently been introduced in Article 20 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), allowing users to transfer their data between content providers (CPs). To this end, it is developed a simple game-theoretic model to investigate the effect of the right to port data on content providers’ privacy and pricing strategies, and consumer surplus. It is shown, that in the absence of data portability, the incumbent CP has an incentive to disclose less user data to third parties as this leads to more user data provision and consequently higher data-induced switching costs in the following period. With data portability, however, this incentive vanishes which leads to less privacy protection. It is also shown that under the right to port data a new entrant CP will charge higher prices for its service and that users of the new CP are worse off, while customers of the incumbent CP are better off.”
Economics Letters is a journal of economics, that enables the rapid and efficient dissemination of new results, models and methods in all fields of economic research. This journal has partnered with Heliyon, an Elsevier Open Access journal that publishes high-quality peer-review research in all disciplines. Economics Letters is rated B in the VHB-JOURNAL 3.0 ranking and the 2016 impact factor is 0.558.