Letters to the editor | Sep 17th 2022 Edition

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Digital enforcement

Charlemagne (September 3rd) hit the nail on the head by highlighting how the European Union may lead the world in making rules for big tech, but that these rules are pointless unless it enforces them. Unfortunately, as things currently stand, the eu seems unlikely to devote enough of its budget to fund such enforcement, or to allocate sufficient staff or expertise to do so. Meanwhile, big tech companies are spending fortunes on employing extra lawyers and experts to delay and circumvent effective enforcement of the new rules. Unless the eu faces up urgently to the enforcement challenge, millions of European consumers will continue to be denied the benefits of choice and innovation online. And the eu’s reputation of leading the world in big tech regulation will be in tatters.

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