Fact sheet: Trading away our privacy? How e-commerce rules can entrench big tech monopolies and restrict the regulation of the digital economy
Electronic commerce is the new frontier of trade policy. With the digital economy positioned at the centre of the 21st century economy, the race is on for market access and control, and trade agreements are increasingly being used to lock-in the power of big tech companies and restrict the regulation of the digital domain. This is particularly concerning given the recent issues arising from the lack of regulation of digital platforms, and the business practices of big tech companies, including:
- Facebook and Google’s data abuse scandals
- Uber classifying itself as as a technological platform to avoid regulation and enable its exploitation of workers
- Apple’s tax avoidance
- Anti-competitive practices by Facebook, Google and Amazon
Read AFTINET's fact sheet to find out more about the social, economic and human rights risks of e-commerce trade rules.