Privacy International (PI) welcomes the aim of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to address some of the challenges posed by the way the current digital markets operate. As we noted in our preliminary assessment, the proposal put forward by the European Commission in December 2020 contains some shortcomings that need to be addressed, if the DMA were to be effective in tackling these challenges. Some of these shortcomings have been addressed, particularly by the European Parliament in its resolution adopted on 15 December 2021.
To support the current negotiations in the trilogue, PI makes recommendations on the following topics:
- Focusing on the rights and interests of end users;
- Strengthening Interoperability provision;
- Address the negative effects of mergers;
- Strengthening transparency in profiling;
- Including civil society organisations in the implementation and monitoring of the DMA;
- Ensuring DMA’s full conformity with the General Data Protection Regulation.