European regulators eye Booking.com under Digital Services Act

The European Commission has taken its next step in regulating online platforms with a request for information from a number of companies including Booking.com

Jan 22, 2024

The formal request has been made to 17 companies that the Digital Services Act (DSA) characterizes as very large online platforms (VLOPs) or very large online search engines (VLOSEs), which are those with at least 45 million monthly users. Bing, Facebook, Google and Google Maps have also been sent requests for information, which requires the provision of access to data to researchers that is “publicly accessible on their online interface.”

Key takeaways

  • The platforms and search engines have until February 8 to provide the information, after which the commission will decide its next steps;
  • Booking.com is also expected to meet the threshold to be deemed a gatekeeper under the Digital Markets Act in the coming weeks.

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