According to various reports, the European Commission has decided to impose a new regulation on digital web platforms such as Google and Facebook by the end of the year. The regulation will deal with a variety of issues in the online services field, and will focus on the transparency of search results; how web platforms use information they collect, including with respect to their partnerships and affiliations with other businesses; how they promote their services; and other prohibitions in the fields of marketing and anti-trust.
This report follows a former investigation issued by the European Commission last month (April 2015) concerning web platforms' practices and data usage. The Commission also plans to “strike while the iron is hot” and implement additional regulations in the fields of copyrights and online shopping over EU borders, in order to remove national barriers and help start-ups sell online. The Commission’s reasoning is to boost economic growth in Europe" by reducing antitrust and national barriers for online services.