Rocio Concha, Which? Director of Policy and Advocacy, said:
“We welcome the Government’s commitment to bringing forward the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill which should ensure the UK has consumer protections and competition policy fit for the digital age.
“A Digital Markets Unit with effective powers to tackle the dominance of a handful of tech giants and promote competition in digital markets is good news for consumers, who should benefit from more choice and lower prices, and also for helping smaller businesses to compete.
“These changes should also give the Competition and Markets Authority the powers to clamp down on consumer rip-offs, fake reviews, and other harmful practices by directly fining firms that break the rules.”
Notes to Editors
– Which? has campaigned for years for stronger competition and consumer reforms to hand regulators tougher powers to clamp down on anti-competitive behaviour, so the consumer champion welcomes the government’s decision to bring forward the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill.
– This Bill will help to tackle harmful practices such as fake reviews, which are rife online. See more: Which? – Facebook, Google and Trustpilot fail to filter out fake reviews, Which? finds