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EC to Take a Hard Look at E-Commerce Practices

EC to Take a Hard Look at E Commerce Practices

The European Commission on Thursday announced three separate investigations into online pricing and other sales practices that may have breached EU antitrust rules. The EC investigations will assess whether consumers were able to enjoy cross-border choice when it came to buying video games and consumer electronics, and making hotel accommodations online.

The newly opened investigations will focus on specific issues, including retail price restrictions, discrimination on the basis of location, and geo-blocking.

Preliminary results of the EC’s competition sector inquiry on e-commerce indicate that these restrictions are applied throughout the EU, and that they could make cross-border shopping — and even online shopping in general — more difficult.

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