Dentons: European antitrust inquiry into the Internet of Things: A new digital battleground?

29/07/2020 - 10:34

On July 16, 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) launched a sector inquiry into the market for consumer products and services linked to the Internet of Things (“IoT”) (see the Press release announcing the launch of the sector inquiry). The sector inquiry will cover products such as smart home appliances (TVs, fridges, lighting systems, etc.), and wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. The regulator will also collect information on the services which can be accessed from these devices or via voice assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.