In a position paper for the Dutch House of Commons dated 31 January 2018, the ACM presents its views regarding market dominance of ‘big tech’ firms. The ACM states that the mere fact that a company is ‘big’, as such does not imply that it has market power.
The ACM recognises the relevance and the great influence of the digital economy on its mission as a market regulator. The ACM finds it understandable that questions about the behaviour of big tech companies are also directed to competition authorities such as the ACM. In order to establish whether a big tech company has a dominant position or whether a takeover would result in a significant lessening of competition, it must first be determined on which market(s) the big tech companies compete and with whom.