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Big Tech 'mega-platforms' face possible regulation over market power, EU official says

By Matthew Newman
  • 27 Jan 2020 11:59
  • 28 Feb 2020 05:22

Big Tech "mega-platforms" like Google, Facebook and Amazon could face targeted EU regulation over their market power, a senior European Commission official said today.

The commission's digital department is exploring options for an "ex-ante" regulation that would allow for quicker intervention to curb anti-competitive practices, said Claire Bury.


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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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