New Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill brought forward this week

27th April 2023

A new Bill is being introduced into the Commons this week, addressing the findings of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s review into digital markets. The Bill includes some headline-generating powers for the Competition and Markets Authority around regulating the digital giants, but I think some of the new consumer protections are likely to have the widest ranging impact.

The intention is to enact the Bill before the end of the calendar year, so businesses with consumer-facing subscription models need to start considering what the proposed new laws mean now, in order to have time to develop, test and train staff on new process flows and consumer experiences.