The EU Commission publishes its final report on the consumer Internet of Things ahead of the final ’DMA’ negotiations, indicating material competition concerns in digital assistant markets

On 20 January 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued its (short) final report on the sector inquiry into consumer Internet of Things (“Report”), along with an explanatory Commission staff working document. The Report identifies various practices that may limit competition and justify the initiation of investigations and enforcement actions, as well as the enactment of sectoral regulation. The consumer Internet of Things (“IoT”) includes a very wide range of services, devices and technologies that support the interaction of consumers with connected devices, which in turn collect and exchange data over the internet. There are two key “nodes” for connecting the different components of a consumer IoT ecosystem: voice assistants (“VAs”), which act as voice-activated gates to

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Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl, The EU Commission publishes its final report on the consumer Internet of Things ahead of the final ’DMA’ negotiations, indicating material competition concerns in digital assistant markets, 20 January 2022, e-Competitions January 2022, Art. N° 104993

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