Technology groups such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.com will face stricter rules on handling personal information in Japan, which looks to use antitrust law to stop unfair trade-offs between privacy and free services, Nikkei has learned.
The government aims to draw up a plan for stronger regulation of so-called platform providers as early as midyear.
The policy will incorporate the concept of “abuse of a superior bargaining position,” which Japan has so far applied only to business-to-business relationships.
The government sees a broader interpretation of this feature of antitrust law as affording protection to consumers who lack the information or knowledge to engage fairly with Big Tech.
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