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EU parliament passes groundbreaking technical rules, but worries about enforcement

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EU legislatorsagreed on Tuesday with groundbreaking rules to curb high-tech giants such as the alphabet units Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. However, limited resources that may be hindered by regulators.

In addition to the rule known as the Digital Markets Act, lawmakers have also approved the Digital Services Act. This demands more from online platforms to monitor the Internet for illegal content.

Companies are fined up to 10% of global annual sales for DMA violations and 6% for DSA violations. Parliamentarians and EU member states reached a political agreement on both rulebooks earlier this year, with no details disclosed.

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The European Commission has established a task force, About 80 staff members are scheduled to participate. That's not enough, as critics say. Last month, experts bid $ 12.3 million to help conduct investigations and compliance enforcement over a four-year period.

EU industry chief Thierry Breton said different teams will focus on a variety of issues such as risk assessment, messenger service interoperability, and data access during rule implementation. , Tried to address enforcement concerns.

Regulators will also establish a European Center for Algorithm Transparency to attract and assist data science and algorithm scientists in their enforcement.

European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference on a plan to boost the chip industry, in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 8, 2022. 

Vice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vesteger 2022 2 Plans to boost the chip industry in Brussels, Belgium on February 8.  (Reuters / Eve Herman)

"Beginning to adapt internal organizations to this new role, such as by shifting existing resources. We also plan to increase recruitment for staffing on a dedicated DG CONNECT team with over 100 full-time staff next year and 2024, "Breton said in a blog post. ..

Deep Pocket

Congressman Andreas Schwab, who led the issue through the European Parliament, has a bigger task to counter Big Tech's Deep Pocket and numerous lawyers. I asked for a force.

The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) has repeated the same concerns.

"Last week we issued a warning to other civil society groups. If the committee does not hire experts,big tech practices in the market should be monitored. Ineffective execution. "

DMA is configured to force changes to a company's business and must make messaging services interoperable and provide business users with access to data.

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DSA prohibits targeted advertising for children or based on sensitive data such as religion, gender, race, or political opinion. Dark patterns, a tactic that misleads people into providing personal data to businesses online, are also prohibited.