The EU tightens the rules for Booking.com

The EU tightens the rules for Booking.com
The EU tightens the rules for Booking.com
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Booking.com, which is the largest website for hotel reservations, was designated as a so-called “gatekeeper” by the European Commission on Monday.

This means that the website is defined as a so-called core activity under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and must therefore open up more competition and make it easier for consumers to switch between different providers.

Could be cheaper

This means, among other things, that hotels can offer lower prices than Booking.com on their own websites. Until now, they have been prevented from doing so through so-called parity clauses.

Thus, tourists can save money, and the hotels do not have to pay a commission to Booking.com.

The parent company Booking Holdings now has six months to adjust to the rules. During that period, the old rules still apply.

Booking.com currently has a market share of over 60 percent in Europe.

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More “gatekeepers”

The list of core businesses or “gatekeepers” is constantly emerging after the DMA came into force in March this year.

The latest was Apple’s iPadOS system, which was subject to the regulations in April this year. From before, Apple, Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, Tiktok owner Bytedance, Meta and Microsoft are on the list of gatekeepers.

The law means, among other things, that the companies should not be able to hinder competitors in their area, they should not be allowed to track users outside their own platform without approval, and they should also not be able to make it impossible to uninstall certain apps or programs on smartphones or computers .

The European Commission has also initiated a market investigation of the messaging service X, formerly Twitter.

The article is in Norwegian

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