A year-long inquiry into voice assistants akin to Alexa and Siri and different Internet-connected units has led to amongst greater than 200 firms expressing considerations of potential anti-competitive practices, EU antitrust regulators stated on Wednesday.
The European Commission has opened related inquiries previously into sectors akin to e-commerce, prescribed drugs, monetary providers, and vitality that finally led to instances towards firms and hefty fines.
“When we launched this sector inquiry, we were concerned that there might be a risk of gatekeepers emerging in this sector,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated in a press release.
“From the first results published today, it appears that many in the sector share our concerns,” she stated.
The EU antitrust watchdog stated respondents cited considerations about sure exclusivity and tying practices associated to voice assistants and the place of intermediaries between customers and good units.
They additionally raised considerations concerning the intensive entry of suppliers of voice assistants and good units to troves of information, and the dearth of interoperability between units, with proprietary know-how performing as de facto requirements.
The Commission stated the findings of the inquiry can be open to a 12-week lengthy public session ending Septemeber 1, with a ultimate report due within the first half of 2022.
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