The government believes that the power of huge companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook must be limited. It is “undesirable” that they dominate the digital market in this way, and State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs) is therefore presenting a package of measures. She wants to be the driver in Europe of the fight against “big tech”.

The CDA minister wants, among other things, that “frequent buying up of – now small – future competitors” is thwarted. For example, the regulator should from now on also be able to ban if companies with relatively little turnover are swallowed up by the big boys.

Keijzer is also a thorn in the eye that companies like Apple and Google take everything and that it is actually no longer possible for consumers to download an app without coming into contact with one of those two companies.

She wants Europe to force these types of companies to share data with competition, so that it also has a chance. Moreover, the manipulation of search data, which puts competition at a disadvantage, should be better punished.

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