Google offers alternative payment options for Android apps in EU
Google is allowing European app store developers to offer alternative payment options for end users. As a result, Google's own payment system is no longer mandatory. The tech giant says it's anticipating for upcoming laws and regulations.
European Android developers can now choose alternative in... Read more
Big tech ‘shadow lobbying’ under fire in European Parliament
Members of the European Parliament are outraged by shell groups driving big tech arguments.
Three members of the European Parliament (MEP) call for a probe into unregistered lobbying initiatives from various big tech companies. The MEPs requested the EU to suspend all groups breaking transparen... Read more
Parlement greenlights Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act
The European Parliament approved the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act. Large technology companies will soon be confronted with stricter rules.
Abuse of power is punishable in business. Whenever a large company tries to bully a small party out of business, European laws ensure that th... Read more
EU agrees on definitive version of Digital Markets Act
The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament agree on the content of the Digital Markets Act. The final laws and regulations set out to curb big tech dominance.
The Digital Markets Act includes limitations to the power of big tech companies such as Amazon, Google and... Read more
Vestager aims to get tech rules deal by March
By the end of March, the European Commission hopes to agree with EU legislators and governments on new regulations to limit the powers of Alphabet's Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, according to Europe's antitrust head.
Margrethe Vestager, who introduced the Digital Markets Act wi... Read more
EU civil groups want to empower tech users to sue US tech giants in case of violations
Individuals should be able to sue US tech firms in court for breaking EU legislation aimed at limiting their influence, according to Privacy International, BEUC (the pan-European consumer group), and a range of academics.
The appeal comes as E.U. parliamentarians and E.U. governments work out th... Read more
EU cloud companies demand safeguards against software license abuse
A group of providers are calling for the European Commission to extend the Digital Markets Act to also cover the cloud.
European cloud computing companies are in an uproar over what they see as a “critical loophole” in the EU’s plan to tackle anti-competitive behavior in the digital market... Read more
US pushes to change EU’s proposed rules for digital markets
The bloc's Digital Markets Act appears to target U.S. tech giants specifically.
The United States is pressing the EU to revise rules targeting digital giants to make them focus less on American companies. The U.S. authorities want to ensure the new laws will also cover tech firms from outside th... Read more
Germany’s antitrust chief wants to protect Bundeskartellamt from the DMA
Andreas Mundt, Germany's antitrust chief, is close to wrapping up the first of a new type of probe on big tech. However, impending rules enforced at the European Union level could threaten his pioneering work.
The year has seen competition authorities stirred up and seemingly determined to take ... Read more
EU Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee votes in favor of the Digital Markets Act
The Digital Markets Act was put to the vote by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. It was adopted, with 42 votes in favor, two against and one abstention. The rules dictate what companies defined as ‘gatekeepers’ can and can’t do in the EU.
Commenting on the outcome, rap... Read more