This research examines the potential applicability of competition law to the cloud computing sector, as well as assessing its suitability as a regulatory regime.
It considers alternative legal mechanisms, specifically measures to promote open standards and interoperability in the context of public procurement, as well as a data portability right as a demand-side measure.
Despite being early days, it is argued that these latter mechanisms are likely to have a more significant impact on competition in the cloud computing sector than intervention using traditional competition measures.
The paper by Laíse Da Correggio Luciano and Prof Ian Walden reporting on this research is available via SSRN: 'Ensuring Competition in the Clouds: The Role of Competition Law?'.