The government wants to overhaul its policy on tech giants, setting up a digital agency to deal with issues of competition and transparency, Handelsblatt has learnt.
The economics ministry will present a white paper on Monday, calling for a total overhaul of digital regulatory policy.
The white paper is the latest in a series of attacks on the digital economy. Just last week, Justice Minister Heiko Maas presented a bill obliging social networks to remove clearly unlawful content within 24 hours. But the economics ministry wants to go further. The white paper also calls for the creation of new criminal offences in the field of cybercrime.
Economics State Secretary Matthias Machnig said he wanted to give competition authorities more powers to intervene in the sector.
Existing antitrust bodies are unlikely to to be pleased about this encroachment on their powers. But the government feels a new, more pro-active body is needed to deal with tech issues. In particular, a new digital agency would be able to act against a company without first proving market dominance.