Users should be allowed to sue U.S. tech giants under EU rules, civil groups say


FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo from Reuters files

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Individual users should be allowed to take U.S. tech giants to court for breaching landmark EU rules aimed at curbing their power, Privacy International, pan-European consumer group BEUC and a number of academics said on Tuesday.

The call by the coalition of 31 groups and academics comes as EU lawmakers and EU countries thrashed out the final points of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager just over a year ago before it can become law.

The draft DMA sets out a list of dos and don'ts for online gatekeepers, in effect targeting Apple, Alphabet unit Google, Facebook parent Meta, Amazon and Microsoft.

It only allows business users to sue violating companies.

"The DMA must enable users, both individually and collectively, to bring enforcement actions for violation of DMA rules before national courts," the group said in an open letter to EU institutions.

While EU lawmakers are open to the idea, EU countries have so far ignored the demand.

The coalition also urged lawmakers and EU countries to let consumer bodies and representatives of civil society take part in processes set out under the draft rules so that their needs would be reflected in the Commission's decisions on the tech giants.

Other signatories of the open letter include U.S.-based Center for Digital Democracy and the Consumer Federation of America, the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, European Digital Rights and academics from the University of Oxford, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Amsterdam.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

   

Next In Tech News

Iliad enters in fibre deal with Fastweb to expand broadband offer in Italy
The case of the vanishing deposit: US woman defrauded in catfishing check scam that reveals vulnerability of bank accounts
Date turns violent when man is stabbed by woman he met on dating app, US cops say
Virtual climate reality: Can ‘digital twins’ help protect us from disasters?
Amid high US inflation, online insurance offers mislead elderly
Twitter under Elon Musk? Most of the plans are a mystery
Australian man arrested in alleged scam of Optus hack victims
This man is one of China’s most outspoken food influencers with millions of fans – he exposes synthetic products like fake steak and milk tea without dairy
Facebook asks users for more help improving its�algorithms
Stepfather sexually assaults girl in front of students in online class, US cops say

Others Also Read