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The EU’s Latest Tech Regulations Should Not be Imported to the US: Jake Morabito in The Orange Country Register

Legislative proposals designed to rein in the tech sector, threaten freedom of choice in the digital marketplace.

In his latest op-ed for The Orange Country Register, ALEC Communication and Technology Task Force Director, Jake Morabito details his new ALEC report, A Threat to American Tech Innovations: The European Union’s Digital Market Act. 

Elon Musk has reignited the online free speech debate, declaring, “the bird is free” after closing the deal to purchase Twitter. But Thierry Breton, the EU’s Commissioner for the Internal Market, quickly clapped back: “In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules.” This is a clear message the EU intends to impose its new digital restrictions – including the newly-adopted Digital Markets Act (DMA) – on American-led tech companies doing business in Europe, with consequences for American consumers.

The era of American-led technology innovation enabled unprecedented economic opportunity around the world and transformed the way billions of people work, learn, communicate, and engage with the world. It can be easy to take for granted just how much our lives have been enriched by the seamless ecosystem of connected apps, smart devices, and high-speed internet that was nothing more than science-fiction fantasy just a few decades ago. But all that progress and innovation is threatened by the EU’s DMA.

Policymakers like Commissioner Breton are increasingly imposing a host of new legislative proposals designed to rein in the tech sector, threatening freedom of choice in the digital marketplace and delegating pivotal future technology decisions to government regulators.

Read the Full op-ed here.