EU lawmaker says U.S. tech giants ought to be regulated the place they’re primarily based

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STRASBOURG, Oct 5 (Reuters) – U.S. tech giants reminiscent of Apple (AAPL.O), Google, Facebook (FB.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) ought to be regulated by the EU nation the place they’re primarily based below proposed EU guidelines, a prime lawmaker mentioned on Tuesday, knocking again efforts by some nations to broaden the deliberate act’s scope.

The nation of origin precept is about out in EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s draft guidelines referred to as the Digital Services Act which requires U.S. tech giants to do extra to police the web for unlawful and dangerous content material.

The precept means Ireland is liable for regulating Apple, Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google and Facebook as a result of they’ve their European headquarters there whereas Amazon is topic to Luxembourg’s supervision.

France and some different nations are looking for to broaden the scope, apprehensive that enforcement concentrated in simply two nations might weaken the foundations and in addition decelerate decision-making.

Lawmaker Christel Schaldemose, who’s steering the DSA by the European Parliament and has energy to amend or add different provisions to it, helps the act’s core proposal.

“It makes sense to keep the country of origin principle,” she informed Reuters in an interview.

Schaldemose nevertheless needs to go one step additional than Vestager by together with a ban on some focused promoting within the DSA.

“Targeted advertisements that are based on your behaviour on Facebook, for instance, that should not be allowed. Advertisements based on the fact that you have visited websites for buying shoes and things like that, classic commercial advertisements should probably be allowed,” she mentioned.

Schaldemoe mentioned she hopes to finalise her draft with different lawmakers within the subsequent two months so she will be able to thrash out a take care of EU nations subsequent yr earlier than the proposed guidelines may be applied.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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