De EU heeft vandaag de DMA Digital Markets Act aangenomen. De grootste wetgeving tot nu toe om positie misbruik tegen te gaan van big tech.
Onderstaande relevant rond Google Maps:
The Digital Markets Act prohibits manufacturers from assigning default apps on any operating system. Platforms such as Android and iOS include certain default apps for popular app categories such as browsers, navigation apps, email clients, and more. On Android, you are likely to see the combination of Google Chrome, Gmail, and Google Maps as the combination mentioned above. The same combination changes to Safari, Mail, and Apple Maps on iOS.
Big tech companies like Google and Apple promote their products by making them default apps on their platforms. This, in turn, brings more footfall to their products, but it becomes technically impossible for smaller competitors to thrive in the market. With little to no competition to disrupt the big tech’s business, companies like Google and Apple have become even more fearless in milking user data and bringing anti-competitive policies.
The Digital Markets Act will put an end to this monopoly, and according to the act, no core platform service can promote their products by making them default in the system UI. At the start of every user’s journey with a new product, they will be given the option to choose their choice of apps — like a search engine or web browser. With no default apps on devices, users will have the power to choose the products they prefer right from the beginning of their smartphone experience.