Unpacking the Impact of the Digital Competition Bill on Big Tech Giants






TechWizard Feature: Digital Competition Bill and Big Tech Companies

The Impact of Digital Competition Bill on Big Tech Companies

In our upcoming TechWizard feature, we delve into the implications of the Digital Competition Bill on major tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Apple. The draft Bill, currently under public scrutiny, aims to introduce ex-ante measures for large digital enterprises, supplementing the existing Competition Act. Violations of competition laws could result in fines up to 10% of global turnover and imprisonment for three years.

The proposed legislation specifically targets “Systemically Significant Digital Enterprises” (SSDEs) that provide core digital services in India. While some Big Tech firms have expressed reservations about ex-ante regulations, experts believe that the Bill aligns with the EU’s Digital Markets Act and will enhance oversight of tech companies in India.

According to Alay Razvi, Partner at Accord Juris LLP, the Digital Competition Bill is essential for promoting fair competition and preventing anti-competitive practices by big tech companies. However, concerns remain about the retrospective or prospective nature of the regulations and their impact on the market.

Unnati Agrawal, Partner at IndusLaw, emphasizes the need for a balanced approach that considers the unique dynamics of the Indian economy to avoid unintended consequences for consumers. The Bill’s ex-ante approach aims to proactively monitor large digital enterprises and prevent anti-competitive behavior.

Gautam Busi, Partner at King Stubb & Kasiva, Advocates and Attorneys, highlights the proposed turnover thresholds for SSDEs and government exemptions. The roots of the Digital Competition Bill can be traced back to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance’s report on Anti-Competitive Practices by Big Tech Companies, which identified key issues and recommended regulatory measures.

Akshayy S Nanda, Partner at Saraf and Partners, outlines the prohibited activities for designated SSDEs, emphasizing the importance of balancing innovation and consumer welfare. As the Bill progresses, stakeholders will closely monitor its impact on the digital economy and competition landscape.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Digital Competition Bill and its implications for Big Tech companies in our upcoming TechWizard feature!