France and the Netherlands have proposed giving European regulators the power to prevent large tech platforms from abusing their dominant position.
The two countries want to be able to force tech giants to give better access to smaller competitors and share data on consumer behavior, according to a plan released Thursday.
Governments want a regulatory system that has the power to “break” such platforms, said French Minister of Digital Affairs Cedric O.
The joint proposal comes with the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, expected to come up with sweeping measures at the end of the year targeting so-called digital gatekeepers, or platforms with the power to control their markets.
Under the upcoming digital services law, access control technology companies could be banned from promoting their own services in search rankings or exclusively preinstalling their own apps on devices and could be forced to share customer data with commercial competitors, according to the draft documents obtained. by Bloomberg.
The EU’s antitrust arm is also seeking new powers to control online giants, with the aim of achieving significant behavior change after years of polls of companies like Google fail. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said tech giants could be dismantled as a last resort with this new tool.
The committee will eventually need the support of the 27 member states and the proposal is a sign of early support from two countries that traditionally have divergent views on regulation. France is often more aggressive in seeking new rules, while the Netherlands is generally more wary of risks to innovation.
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