European laws are considering new rules for Internet giants, which may include narrow limits on how they use data in a bid to share data with smaller rivals and / or level the digital playing field.
According to the draft regulatory proposals leaked to the press, other considerations in the mix are restrictions on major platforms favoring their own services or forcing users to bundle a bundle of services.
Both the FT and Reuters report looking at drafts of the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA) – which EU lawmakers are expected to present before the end of the year.
Their report suggests that major digital infrastructure such as Apple’s iOS App Store and Android Google Play Store could have major restrictions, as well as potentially limit the extent to which Amazon can track the data of merchants selling on its platform How to use – some commission is already investigated.
A commission spokesman refused to confirm or refute anything in the two reports, saying it did not comment on leaks or comments by others.
“We are committed to still presenting to DSA this year,” he said.
According to the Financial Times, the leaked draft stated: “Gatekeepers will not use data received from business users for advertising services for any purpose other than advertising.”
Its report suggests that the scale of the regulations coming down the pipe will shock tech giants – taking into account 30 paragraphs of prohibition or obligations – with the proposition that the proposal remains in the initial stage, meaning That the big tech lobbyist still has everything to play for.
According to the news, lawmakers are eyeing such rules, which means that major platforms should allow users to uninstall any pre-loaded application – as well as their own, according to reports Opponents should be prevented from harming by giving preferential treatment to services.
“Gatekeepers have not specifically pre-installed their own applications nor is there any need to pre-install gatekeepers’ own application from any third-party operating system developers or hardware manufacturers in particular,” Reuters According to, quoting its draft.
The Commission’s experience of antitrust complaints against Google is likely to be a factor informing these elements – a string of EU implementations made headlines in recent years against the likes of Google Shopping and Android, but competitive Neither failed to move the needle nor satisfy the complainants. Fresh complaints about Google keep coming.
Per Reuters draft regulations will also be the subject of gatekeeper platforms for annual audits of their advertising metrics and reporting practices.
The platform’s self-serving transparency makes a lot of complaining about how these giants currently work – attempts to make them accountable for things like content take-down performance have failed.
The Commission’s public consultation on the DSA was launched in June – and closed on 8 September.
In a lengthy response earlier this month, Google lobbied against in the past Rules for platform veterans, urging regulators to modernize the existing framework, where any gaps are found rather than imposing strict requirements on tech giants.
When preceding rules should be implemented, lawmakers should not be pushed to pull out any particular business model – while also insisting against the “over-simplified” definition of the ‘gatekeeper’ platform.
Facebook is also attempting to lobby commissioners ahead of the DSA’s proposal – which seeks to outline discussions in areas of significant risk to its business model, such as privacy and data portability.
In May, CEO Mark Zuckerberg made time for a livestreamed debate run by CERRE, a large tech-backed policy think tank – Commission VP with Thierry Breton for the internal market. Facebook’s CEO warned of ‘Cambridge Analytica-style’ privacy risks if too much data portability is implemented, while the commissioner expects Facebook to pay its taxes or be regulated.
Recently, the head of Facebook’s global policy has sought to add to the prospects of European SMEs’ post-Covered-19 economic recovery through their advertising platform for continued exploitation of Facebook’s data – EU MPs Has warned against shutting down its privacy-hostile business model.
However this type of lobbying can fall on deaf ears. Earlier this month, Breton told the FT that there is a feeling among Brussels MPs that the platforms have gotten ‘too big to care’ – hence the belief that new regulations are needed to enforce higher standards is.
Breton then said that lawmakers are considering a rating system to allow the public and stakeholders to assess companies’ behavior in areas such as tax compliance and how quickly they take down illegal content.
He suggested that a blacklist of activities could be applied to major platforms with a sliding scale of penalties – including the segregation of certain functions – for the non-compliance, as FT reported.
He also said that the current limited liability platforms are not committed to removal, saying the content published on their platforms: “Liability will remain a safe harbor of exemptions. This is something that has been accepted by all.”
In another sign of dilution of intent earlier this month, the commission said that the time had come to move from a self-regulatory approach to dealing with a problem such as divestment – though still implementing its policy plan in that area Remains to be done. It was also suggested in June that it is in keeping with the binding transparency requirements related to online hate speech, saying that the platforms’ own reporting is still very poor.