Panel to discuss issues of e-commerce

E-commerce is becoming the norm for the vast majority of consumers. Goods and services can be advertised, ordered, and delivered through powerful algorithms that standardize transactions while also personalizing the customer experience in unprecedented ways.

Windsor Law professor Pascale Chapdelaine will moderate a panel discussion of “E-Commerce, Algorithms, Big Data, Consumer Deception, and Protection” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Moot Court.

Dr. Chapdelaine will also discuss the implications for consumers of price discrimination as one example of an online business practice that may require more scrutiny.

Other panelists include:

  • Niva Elkin-Koren, professor in the University of Haifa's Faculty of Law, founding director of its Haifa Center for Law and Technology, and co-director of the Center for Cyber, Law, and Policy, will discuss the potential benefits and harm for consumers of digital assistants.
  • Vance Lockton, strategic policy and research analyst, will discuss the role of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada with respect to specific privacy issues arising in e-commerce.
  • Lina Nikolova, competition law officer, will discuss the role of the Competition Bureau of Canada to protect consumers against deceptive e-commerce practices.
  • Marina Pavlovic, associate professor in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, will discuss various policy options on the regulation of e-commerce in the new digital AI era.
  • Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and professor in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, will discuss the legal implications of the practice of scraping publicly accessible platform data from e-commerce platforms.

The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration in advance on the law website.

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