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[$$] Who Controls Diners’ Data? OpenTable Moves to Assert Control

OpenTable is barring restaurants from sharing data with rival booking services without its permission, intensifying a fight for control of the information diners disclose when they make reservations online. The table-booking service will block restaurants from giving competitors access to diner data acquired through OpenTable unless they pay new fees, according to its updated client agreement and a copy of a new pricing plan viewed by The Wall Street Journal. OpenTable handled reservations for 330 million diners in the year through November 2018, up about 70% from that same period in 2014 when Priceline Group acquired the restaurant-booking service.