The proposal would also give companies the right to collectively sue online platforms if they do not respect the new rules on non-discrimination and transparency. Platforms will also have to describe in their terms and conditions any differentiated treatment they give to their own services versus those offered by other businesses. “Platforms and search engines are important channels for European businesses to reach consumers but we must make sure they are not abusing their power, and thus bring harm their business users,” said Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy. “We are taking a very important step with clear rules on transparency, efficient dispute settlement and the launch of an observatory to analyze online platforms’ practices in greater detail.” Get the full story at Reuters