EU Lawmakers Concerned About Implementation Of Approved Tech Rules

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EU legislators have approved the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA), which will curtail the powers of large technology companies and make them more accountable.

Despite the approval, the EU faces challenges in implementing the rules due to limited resources. The European Commission set up a taskforce with 80 officials, but critics claimed that the number was insufficient for the upcoming project.

Lawmaker Andreas Schwab called for a larger taskforce to counter Big Tech’s deep pockets and array of lawyers. European Consumer Organization (BEUC) also called for more experts.

“We raised the alarm last week with other civil society groups that if the Commission does not hire the experts it needs to monitor Big Tech’s practices in the market, the legislation could be hamstrung by ineffective enforcement,” Ursula Pachl, BEUC’s Deputy Director General, said in a statement.

In order to address enforcement concerns, EU industry chief Thierry Breton explained that in implementing the rules, different teams would focus on different issues such as risk assessments, interoperability of messenger services and data access.

The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.

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