Why it is now clear that the Australian ex ante regime will be much closer to the proposed UK regime than the EU Digital Markets Act

Author: Damien Geradin
Published: 14.11.2022
On 11 November 2022, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) released the fifth interim report for the Digital Platform Services inquiry (the “Interim Report”). This report recommends a range of new measures to address harms from digital platforms to Australian consumers, small businesses and competition. The diagnostic of the ACCC is not different from what could already be found in similar reports produced in Europe and the United States. The ACCC notes that its analysis had “identified significant consumer and competition harms across a range of digital platform services” and that the “conduct causing these harms is widespread, entrenched…