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EU Regulates Digital Giants: Potential Fines of up to 10% for Non-Compliance with Digital Markets Act

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
New investigation proves Commission’s commitment to regulating digital giants in the EU.

The European Union (EU) has taken a decisive step to regulate the digital market with the enactment of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) last year. The world’s largest digital companies, including Google’s parent company Alphabet, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Apple, had until March 7 to make changes to their operations in compliance with the new regulation. Despite claims from these companies that they had made changes, the EU remained skeptical and initiated an investigation on March 25, which could result in fines of up to 10 percent of their global turnover.

The goal of the EU Commission is to bring these digital giants under control and promote fair competition, consumer choice, and innovation in the digital market space. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager emphasized the seriousness of the matter by starting the investigation just two weeks after the deadline. The fines imposed in the past have not been as effective as desired, with companies like Apple and Google facing significant fines that did not necessarily deter their behavior due to their substantial profits.

The new Digital Market Act gives EU authorities more power to issue fines and enforce compliance, with the possibility of fines up to 10 percent of a company’s global turnover and even forcing companies to divest parts of their operations. The Act aims to address issues related to competition, data privacy, and consumer protection in the digital market space.

The investigation into tech giants like Apple and Google focuses on their app store practices, specifically whether they are allowing fair competition by not favoring their own services over competitors’. These companies have reached dominant market positions through their products and services but are now being scrutinized for potentially stifling innovation and consumer choice.

The EU’s proactive approach to market regulation with the Digital Market Act is seen as a necessary step in addressing the dominance of these digital giants. By acting preemptively rather than reactively, the EU hopes to create a more competitive and fair digital market for consumers. The potential impact of this legislation extends beyond the EU, with other countries like

By Samantha Nguyen

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