On 20 January 2022 the European Commission (“Commission“) published its final report on the consumer Internet of Things (“IoT“) sector inquiry, largely confirming its preliminary findings issued in July 2021. These include concerns around high market entry barriers, the influence on the market of a small number of vertically integrated players, and issues around access to data, interoperability and exclusivity practices. The Commission has indicated that its findings will guide future antitrust enforcement and regulatory initiatives in the digital and technology sectors, including the ongoing legislative debate on the proposed Digital Markets Act. Watch this space closely for further developments. Background of the sector inquiry and the Preliminary Report In our previous blog post, we
The EU Commission publishes its final report on a consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry which confirms its preliminary findings related to high entry barriers and issues around access to data
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