The DMA has already inspired privacy laws worldwide, but it can be even stronger

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It’s not perfect, but EU lawmakers still have time to save the DMA by letting people choose the core apps that come installed on their devices.

On Monday, November 22, the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) will likely vote on its version of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the EU’s ambitious attempt to restore competition to the online economy by preventing Big Tech gatekeepers from abusing their power. This is a critical moment for the DMA, as it is one of the best chances for lawmakers to address the one glaring issue with the legislation in its current form. 

The DMA must include an explicit ban on pre-installing default apps for core platform services and allow everyone to choose their preferred apps through a preference menu. This would end gatekeepers’ harmful practice of self-preferencing their services and give you, the end-user, more control over what is on your device and how you use it.

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