Which? responds to reports that government plans to give Digital Markets Unit greater powers could be shelved

“From consumers wanting to feel more in control over how their data is collected and used by online platforms, to smaller businesses having a genuine chance to tackle the dominance of powerful tech giants, the case for more competitive and reformed digital markets is clear. 

“We know that less competition leads to restricted choice and higher prices for consumers – something that should not be countenanced at any time, but especially not when household budgets are being squeezed. 

“Having set its intention to ‘drive greater dynamism in our tech sector, empower consumers and drive growth across the economy’ through reforms, the government took the vital step of establishing a Digital Markets Unit. It is therefore extremely disappointing that it may now be abandoning this vision, leaving the Digital Markets Unit a powerless body unable to promote effective competition and protect consumers in digital markets.”


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