- European officials continue to clamp down hard on Big Tech with new legislative proposals.
- In recent weeks, Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with some the EU’s most senior people.
- Insider listed out 12 key people pushing Google’s agenda in Europe today.
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European regulators continue to pose an existential threat to the major tech firms, with proposals to clampdown on platforms’ gatekeeping power and increasingly stringent privacy regulation.
Under the proposed Digital Markets Act, for example, Google could already have been broken up by the EU for its multiple antitrust breaches.
With revenue akin to the GDP of a small country, it’s little wonder the tech giants are funneling some cash into their lobbying operations. The firm has spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying on the continent, in the hopes of influencing future regulation.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has also recently held one-on-one meetings with the EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager and French President Emmanuel Macron.
As tussles between lawmakers and tech firms continue, Insider asked industry experts and scoured the web to nail down a list of Google’s key figures shaping the legislative debate in Europe. Check it out: