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Digital Markets Act: the European Commission designates a new platform and investigates

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The Digital Markets Act, the new EU legislation that regulates tech giants, is bringing profound changes to the sector. It is for example to comply with these new rules that Apple ended the App Store monopoly on the distribution of iOS and iPadOS applications in Europe, or that Google now requires explicit consent from the user before sharing data between two services. And today, the list of companies affected by the very strict DMA rules is growing. Indeed, in a press release, the European Commission announces the designation of a new company: the online reservation site Booking.com.

“Based on Booking's self-assessment submitted on 1 March 2024 that it meets the relevant thresholds, the Commission has established that this booking service core platform provides an important bridge between businesses and consumers”, indicates the Commission in a press release. At this time, it is not known what changes Booking.com will propose to make its platform compliant with the Digital Markets Act.

But in any case, Booking.com now has six months to comply with the rules. In the event of an infringement, the Commission can impose a fine of up to 10% of global turnover, and up to 20% if there are repeated infringements. On the other hand, the European Commission recalls that in the event of systematic infringements, it can take additional measures such as forcing the sale of part of a company, or prohibiting acquisitions.

X ​​(the old Twitter) could also join the list

X, the former Twitter, could also join the list of companies affected by the Digital Markets Act. The European Commission explains that a “rebuttal” argued that even if the social network exceeds the thresholds provided for by the Digital Markets Act, it “does not constitute an important bridge between companies and consumers”. And Brussels will now conduct a market investigation, in order to evaluate this refutation which was submitted in March.

Indeed, it is still possible that even if a company crosses the thresholds, it is not designated by the European Commission, and therefore escapes the rules of the DMA. This is for example the case of Samsung which, unlike Apple, is not on the list.

  • La list of companies that must comply with the Digital Markets Act is growing
  • The European Commission has just announced the designation of Booking.com which now has a deadline of six months to comply with the legislation
  • The Commission has also launched a market investigation to determine whether X, the former Twitter, should also be subject to the rules of the Digital Markets Act

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116