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The European Commission launched an investigation against Apple, Google and Amazon in the field of voice assistants and the Internet of things

The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation against Apple, Google, Amazon and a number of other companies to check if they violate competition in the markets for voice assistants and the Internet of things. This was stated by the deputy head of the European Commission on Competition Margrethe Westager.
The European Commission launched an investigation against Apple, Google and Amazon in the field of voice assistants and the Internet of things


According to The Verge , Westager emphasized that large companies that abuse their market position can quickly turn the competitive environment into a monopoly.

“Voice assistants and smart devices can collect a vast amount of data about our habits. And there’s a risk that big companies could misuse the data collected through such devices,” Westager said.

The regulator’s concerns are related to the fact that companies create their own ecosystems, which make it difficult to buy products from competing companies. According to Westager, companies could manipulate user data for anticompetitive struggle - for example, to encourage them to buy their own products, writes TJ .

“Right now, the appliances in our homes do not need to be connected to each other. We feel free to buy the best smart speaker we can find on the market, without worrying about whether it will work with our smart lighting system. And we want to keep it that way.” said Westager.

The investigation announced so far is at an early stage. To collect information, the European Commission sent out questionnaires to hundreds of manufacturers of smart home devices, wearable devices and developers of voice assistants. These questionnaires mainly contain questions regarding user data collection and device compatibility. A preliminary report on the results of the investigation may be presented next spring.

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