Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google should be allowed to sue under EU rules, say civil groups

BRUSSELS: Individual users should be allowed to sue US tech giants for breaching EU rules aimed at limiting 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 European lawmakers and EU countries finalized the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by Margrethe Vestager, head of the antitrust fight just over a year ago before it could become law.

The DMA project lays out a list of do’s and don’ts for online gatekeepers, actually targeting Apple, Alphabet unit Google, Facebook parent company Meta, Amazon and Microsoft.

It only allows business users to sue infringing companies.

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

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

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