The European Union is currently working on a new digital services law that not only requires technology companies to share data with competitors, but also restricts the way companies use the data they collect about their customers, and prohibits the installation of uninstalled applications on mobile devices.
According to the bill, a company may not pre-install its own applications, and may not ask third party operating system developers or equipment manufacturers to do so. The document states that companies are not allowed to use the data collected on their platforms to block users. If the manufacturers share the data with their competitors, then they too have the right to use it.
There are moments in the project that all major technology companies in the United States object to. Apple and Google are likely to oppose conditions that restrict pre-installed applications on their hardware. This is due to the fact that the iPhone and Android smartphones are equipped with a set of built-in third-party applications. In addition, these applications cannot be removed.
Apple may also oppose another provision that prohibits technology companies from blocking alternative application stores or payment methods. This is directly related to the ongoing litigation between Epic and Apple. In addition, Google, Facebook and Amazon may oppose sharing information with competitors. These companies consider the information as their property.
Previously, the EU has tried many times to increase competition in the digital market, but always to no avail.