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Europe Finally Set to Vote on How to Control Biggest Tech Firms

Nov. 22, 2021, 1:00 PM

European lawmakers vote today on new laws that will attempt to rein in the world’s largest tech companies.

The Digital Market Act was always expected to hit Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, but will now include Booking.com and could later include online marketplaces Zalando and Alibaba.

Proposals on Monday’s ballot include:

  • Forcing competing messaging apps to let their users chat cross-platform
  • Requiring consent from a user to make an app or app store their default
  • Whether to prohibit some companies targeting ads to minors

Additionally, they want to be able to restrict mergers “for ...

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