EU’s “Digital Markets Act” goes into effect

by ian

Europe’s groundbreaking Digital Markets Act went into effect today, targeting six major tech companies.

The European Union law aims to prevent anticompetitive practices by internet “gatekeepers.” This includes Google, Apple, Meta and more. The law has inspired some major changes.

For example, Google apps now have opt-outs to prevent data sharing across Alphabet-owned platforms; Apple no longer forces iOS apps to be installed through the Apple Store; and Microsoft is allowing users to uninstall its Edge browser completely.

Those digital companies are combating some aspects of the law. However, a failure to comply could cost them up to 10% of their annual revenue.