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Meta, Google, Apple face EU probes over new tech regulations

2024-03-25 19:20 by
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The European Union on Monday began an investigation into Apple, Alphabet and Meta, in its first probe under the sweeping new Digital Markets Act tech legislation.

The investigations will focus on whether the companies' new policies regarding app store rules, display of options to users and subscription offerings comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), an EU law that went into effect earlier this month that regulates large tech companies designated as "gatekeepers."

"Today, the Commission has opened non-compliance investigations under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) into Alphabet's rules on steering in Google Play and self-preferencing on Google Search, Apple's rules on steering in the App Store and the choice screen for Safari and Meta's 'pay or consent model,'" the European Commission said in a statement.

The DMA named six gatekeepers, which also included TikTok, Microsoft and Amazon, defined by their annual turnover and number of monthly active users. The investigations, which can take up to 12 months, could lead to fines of up to 10 percent of their total worldwide annual turnover if they are found to have violated the law, or up to 20 percent in case of repeated infringement.

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