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DMA close to approval: Solo ride of tech giants coming to an end


Brussels, 16/05/2022 – Today, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) approved the final wording of the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Pirate Party Members of the European Parliament particularly welcome the interoperability obligation for messaging platforms. As a result, users will be able to communicate across platforms.

Marcel Kolaja MEP, Vice-President of the Czech Pirate Party and Member and Quaestor of the European Parliament, comments:

„I am really glad that we managed to negotiate the interoperability obligation for tech giants in the final text. This obligation will allow users to send messages across platforms that make use of interoperability without the need of having multiple accounts. For example, users will not need to use Facebook Messenger in order to stay in touch with their friends. They will be able to choose from any platform that will implement interoperability with Facebook Messenger. Sending messages between Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp and Matrix or Signal may become reality. End-to-end encryption will not be jeopardized,“ MEP Kolaja says.

“This truly is a major success and a revolutionary change which will make digital markets more contestable. Users will no longer be forced to create separate accounts and pay with their personal data just for staying in touch with their loved ones,“ Kolaja concludes.

The final text on the Digital Market Act now needs to be adopted at plenary level. It will probably be voted on in July.

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