What happened now? Since the end of 2020, the European Union has been developing legislation that could significantly affect the work of large digital platform holders such as Apple and Google. This law is on track to become law later this year, potentially changing the relationship between platforms and third-party developers.

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European Commission adopted The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) this week, two packages designed to manipulate the power of tech giants in favor of consumers. Once the EU Council signs and adopts the acts, they will enter into force this autumn.

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In between, DMA is probably more important to platform holders like Google and Apple. So be it demand Gatekeepers like these allow EU users install apps from outside the official app stores, it’s easy to uninstall pre-installed software, or it’s easy to unsubscribe from essential services. The law also includes other third-party and consumer protections in relation to data, advertising, and payment systems.

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Apple and Google fought against requirements allow third-party payment systems on iOS and Android, respectively, and Apple strongly argues against side loading. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney reacted positively to the announcement this week. Epic has fought both giants in court over the right to provide applications and operate payment systems outside of the official channels of platform owners.

In addition, the DSA will attempt lift up security measures to protect Internet users from fraudulent advertisers, trackers and other services. It will also make it easier for users to flag illegal content on the Internet and file complaints against platforms.

Last month the EU also agreed to a law that will eventually force Apple to ship its phones with USB-C compatibility.