The EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act aims to level the playing field for apps in the EU. What does this mean? The ability to uninstall bundled apps from big tech that are native to your devices.
On its face, this sounds OK. If you want to uninstall Safari or Mail on your iPhone, no one should care. However, these rules go further, requiring the sharing of all data (for free) with third parties, as well as more “level the playing field” ideas from some clearly non-technical legislators.
The EU’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, said the goal is “to make sure that we, as users, have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online. And that businesses operating in Europe can freely and fairly compete online just as they do offline.”
Nothing I’ve read so far makes me think that this regulation is going to have the desired effect. In practice, I think the EU is going to create an uncontrollable mess. We’ll see.
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