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EU opens probe into Apple, Google, Meta for potential Digital Markets Act breach

Written by  Shgun S -- March 25th 2024 05:14 PM
EU opens probe into Apple, Google, Meta for potential Digital Markets Act breach

EU opens probe into Apple, Google, Meta for potential Digital Markets Act breach

PTC News Desk: EU antitrust regulators launched their first inquiries under the Digital Markets Act into Apple, Alphabet's Google, and Meta Platforms for potential violations of the landmark EU tech rules.

"The (European) Commission suspects that the measures put in place by these gatekeepers fall short of effective compliance of their obligations under the DMA," the EU executive said.


The EU competition enforcer will look into Alphabet's steering rules in Google Play and self-preferencing on Google Search, Apple's steering rules in the App Store and the option screen for Safari, and Meta's 'pay or consent model'.

The Commission also launched an investigation into Apple's new fee structure for alternative app stores, as well as Amazon's marketplace ranking practices.

The Digital Markets Act requires companies to follow a set of dos and don'ts, and if they don't, they must pay heavy financial penalties or even close their businesses in the EU. The rules seek to make digital markets "fairer" and "more contestable" by tearing up closed tech ecosystems.

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