Big Tech News: EU lawmaker backs ‘country of origin’ principle to regulate Big Tech

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Strasbourg: US tech giants, such as Apple Inc., Google (Alphabet Inc.), Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., should be regulated by the European Union country where they are based under proposed EU rules, a top lawmaker said on Tuesday, knocking back efforts by some countries to broaden the planned act’s scope.

The country of origin principle is set out in EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s draft rules known as the Digital Services Act which requires US tech giants to do more to police the internet for illegal and harmful content.

The principle means Ireland is responsible for regulating Apple, Google and Facebook because they have their European headquarters there while Amazon is subject to Luxembourg‘s supervision.

France and a few other countries of the EU are seeking to broaden the scope, worried that enforcement concentrated in just two countries may weaken the rules and also slow down decision-making.

Lawmaker Christel Schaldemose, who is…

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