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Information monopolies are a "vexing" problem, but data protection laws alone can't fix them, a UK parliamentary committee has been told.

Members of the House of Lords committee investigating artificial intelligence yesterday quizzed experts on how personal data should be owned, managed and used.

At the hearing, Labour peer Anthony Giddens pointed to reports that 126 million Facebook users had viewed Russia-linked posts on the site, as a way to demonstrate the extent of such firms' influence.

"How would you think your way through that, in what is clearly, in relation to traditional corporations, close to a system monopoly?"

But she argued the focus should be on competition authorities – not the data regulators.

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