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The EU Commission wasted no time in enforcing its new digital market regulation, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which came into effect last year. The world’s largest digital companies, including Google’s parent company Alphabet, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Apple, had until March 7 to make changes to their operations. Despite claims from these companies that they had made changes, the Commission remained unconvinced.

On March 25, the Commission announced suspicions that these companies were still not complying with the regulation, leading to the initiation of an investigation that could result in fines of up to 10 percent of the companies’ global turnover. The goal of the Commission is to bring these digital giants under control and promote fair competition, data privacy, and consumer protection in the digital market space.

The new Digital Market Act gives EU authorities more power to issue fines and enforce compliance than before. Companies like Apple and Google face significant fines if they are found to be violating the regulations. In addition, they may be forced to divest parts of their operations if they continue to stifle innovation and consumer choice.

The investigation into tech giants like Apple and Google focuses on their app store practices specifically whether they are allowing fair competition by not favoring their own services over competitors’. These companies have reached dominant market positions through their products and services but are now being scrutinized for potentially stifling innovation and consumer choice.

The EU’s proactive approach to market regulation with the Digital Market Act is seen as a necessary step in addressing the dominance of these digital giants. By acting preemptively rather than reactively, the EU hopes to create a more competitive and fair digital market for consumers. The potential impact of this legislation extends beyond the EU as other countries also monitor its implementation.

In conclusion, the EU’s actions against digital giants like Google, Meta (Facebook), and Apple signal a shift towards more stringent regulation in the digital market space. By holding these companies accountable for their practices

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