Open Internet : Vocal assistants and app stores incorporated into Europe’s Platform-to-Business regulation: Arcep welcomes this first milestone, in tune with its proposals.
Launch date:22 February 2019
Modified at:02 October 2020
In February 2018, Arcep published a report titled "Smartphones, tablets, voice assistants: are devices the weak link in achieving an open internet?". It was a call to action for public authorities: devices provide users with only limited access to the internet, especially when they are linked to platforms, and their environments impose restrictions and impediments on content and application developers.
The purpose of Europe's Platform-to-Business fair trading regulation is to provide transparency, predictability and fairness to companies that depend on online platforms and search engines. Some practices may be opaque, as a result of which app developers can find their products deprived of a distribution policy following an app store's change in editorial policy, and service providers can, overnight, find their products no longer usable on smart speakers.