Platform do’s and don’ts: EU’s Digital Markets Act signals a sea change in digital regulation

February 26, 2021 – need2know

The European Commission has laid out a proposal for a landmark set of ex ante rules governing large digital platforms. The law will be the subject of protracted discussions that determine its final form. But as drafted, the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) proposes to dramatically reshape the legal landscape for tech companies with a new framework that seeks to complement traditional antitrust enforcement with a list of “do’s and don’ts” regarding how large online platforms like search engines, online marketplaces, and social media networks are to treat their business partners, competitors, and users.

At its core, the DMA seeks to achieve two aims: open competition and fair treatment. How it goes about doing that, and what it might mean for the tech business community and the legal practitioners representing it, is the focus of this article.

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Kajetan Rozga (bpv HÜGEL)
Dorota Karczewska, Mateusz Musielak (WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr)