European Union drafts rules to force big tech to share data

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The EU is preparing to force big technology companies to share their client information with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its milestone ‘Digital Services Act’ regulations.

“The likes of Amazon and Google shall not use data collected on the platform… for (their) own commercial activities . . . unless they (make it) accessible to business users active in the same commercial activities,” the FT reported, quoting the draft.

When asked for comment by journalists, Google pointed to a blog from earlier this month where it first detailed its own response to this Act, supporting measures that enable consumers to move between programs without losing access to their data.

“The question is not whether data mobility or data access should be facilitated, but how to achieve their benefits without sacrificing product quality or innovation incentives,” Google had stated in the blog.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager would announce by the end of the year demanding new guidelines under the Act, aimed to increase social media businesses’ responsibilities and liability for articles on their own platforms.

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The draft indicates that tech giants may be banned from preferential treatment of their services in their sites or platforms, to the detriment of rivals, according to the report.

Companies shouldn’t be permitted to pre-install their particular applications on hardware devices, such as laptops or telephones, or force other companies to exclusively pre-install their applications, it included.

Journalists at our partner news agency Reuters have reported that China is planning to establish an antitrust probe to Google.

In the US, a government panel is expected to release a report into antitrust allegations against large tech companies when Monday.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘European Union drafts rules to force big tech to share data‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru, Additional reporting by Ayanti Bera. Editing by Rashmi Aich and Maju Samuel.

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