The European Union’s digital chief has invited companies such as Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to video chats next week to discuss draft rules to curtail their powers, an official said on Thursday. the EU.
Tech companies and online platforms have lobbied intensively to try to blunt the proposed regulatory rules, which Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, head of digital regulation, will officially present with Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on the 9th. December.
Prior to that, the November 24 video conference will discuss the proposed rules, known as the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Some companies don’t believe the discussion will lead to changes at this late stage, company relatives said on condition of anonymity.
The DSA will require tech companies to explain how their algorithms work and also open their advertising archives to regulators and researchers.
DMA targets online gatekeepers with a list of dos and don’ts, such as sharing data with rivals and regulators, and don’ts, such as not promoting their own services.
Breton invited the CEOs of about 20 companies, including Microsoft, Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago, DuckDuckGo, said a person familiar with the matter. It was not clear whether CEOs would participate or send senior executives.
Breton will need comments from EU countries and the European Parliament before a final draft can be adopted, a process that can take a year or more.
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