Alphabet's Google, Amazon , Apple, Meta and Microsoft may have to change their core business practices in Europe as EU countries and EU lawmakers clinched a deal on landmark rules to curb their powers
Alphabet's Google, Amazon , Apple, Meta and Microsoft may have to change their core business practices in Europe as EU countries and EU lawmakers clinched a deal on landmark rules to curb their powers.France, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said in a tweet that there was a provisional agreement after eight hours of talks.
EU industry chief Thierry Breton said in a tweet that the deal would ensure fair and open digital markets."What we want is simple: fair markets also in digital. Large gatekeeper platforms have prevented businesses and consumers from the benefit of competitive digital markets," EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, who proposed the rules just over a year ago, said in a statement.
"This means that the time of long antitrust cases, during which the authorities were lagging behind the big tech companies, is over," said EU lawmaker Andreas Schwab, who had steered the debate in the European Parliament.The Digital Markets Act (DMA) sets out rules for online gatekeepers - companies that control data and platform access.
It will cover gatekeepers in online intermediation services, social networks, search engines, operating systems, online advertising services, cloud computing, video-sharing services, web browsers and virtual assistants.