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The Digital Markets Act: Getting past the Gatekeepers

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  • Competition, EU and Trade - Competition e-briefings


The European Commission (the “Commission”) is leading the way on big tech regulation with the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”), which came into force on 1 November 2022 with the aim of putting an end to unfair practices in the online platform economy.

The Commission recognises the increasingly important role that digital services and online platforms have on the economy. Certain big tech companies (referred to as ‘‘Gatekeepers’’) provide core platform services, such as distributing and advertising products, and have the ability to connect third party business users with many customers through their services. This, in turn, enables these ‘Gatekeepers’ to leverage certain advantages, such as access to large amounts of business or consumer user data which could threaten competition within the relevant markets.

The DMA seeks to redress the imbalance of power in the digital sector to ensure that these markets remain open and fair.

Read our full update here.

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