August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • EU lawmakers have passed landmark rules to rein in Big Tech’s business practices and limit their dominance.
  • The Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act seek to hold tech giants accountable for the spread of illegal content online and for potentially unfair practices.
  • However, there are concerns that the new rulebook might face tough enforcement challenges.

EU lawmakers signaled that they were serious about limiting the market power of tech giants when they provisionally agreed to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) earlier this year. They have finally passed two sets of rules that will take antitrust enforcement in the EU to the next level.

The European Parliament has greenlighted (opens in new tab) the new Digital Services Act (DSA) and DMA, forcing big messaging platforms to interoperate with smaller services and requiring tech giants to make it easier to uninstall preloaded apps on any device. In addition, the EU’s new policies intend to allow consumers to download apps from third-party sources.