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How is that relevant? Say a law like this comes into effect, then they'll need to change their practices / delete that data etc. So going forward they won't have that advantage over an upstart, they'll need to compete in the same market.



They have the advantage of size and resources.

If the starting table stakes to get started becomes GDPR-style compliance infrastructure that takes 3 engineering man years to implement properly, then new companies will happen less, which means less future competition for the incumbent.


Salesforce is a company that operates in Europe. They already have to comply with GDPR (and have already spent tons of dev time on scrambling to comply). They're ready for GDPR, and so they're probably betting they're ready for whatever (likely weaker) US law inspired by GDPR that would come along. Any new competitors, on the other hand (or any non-multinational competitors) would have to scramble and pay heavy costs to "catch up".

It's using the legal system as a tool for their competitive advantage -- force everyone to do the thing you're already doing.


> Say a law like this comes into effect, then they'll need to change their practices / delete that data etc.

Oh honey.




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