Users should be allowed to sue US tech giants under EU rules, civil groups say

BRUSSELS, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Individual users should be allowed to sue U.S. tech giants for breaching landmark EU rules aimed at limiting their power, Privacy International, the pan-European data protection group, said on Tuesday. BEUC consumers and a number of academics.

The call from the coalition of 31 groups and academics comes as EU lawmakers and EU countries debated the final points of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by the EU’s antitrust chief EU Margrethe Vestager just over a year ago before she became law.

DMA’s draft compiles a list of do’s and don’ts for online gatekeepers, actually targeting Apple (AAPL.O), Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google unit, Facebook parent Meta (FB.O), Amazon and Microsoft (MSFT.O).

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It only allows business users to sue infringing companies.

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

While European lawmakers are open to the idea, EU countries have so far ignored the request.

The coalition also urged lawmakers and EU countries to allow consumer associations and civil society representatives to participate in the processes set out in the draft rules so that their needs are reflected in Commission decisions on the tech giants.

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

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee Editing by Tomasz Janowski

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