The two US bills that have Big Tech worried

With increased scrutiny from regulators around the globe these days, legal departments at the world’s biggest tech companies are likely working overtime on a daily basis. This week, the focus is on the US — home to Apple, Google, and Amazon — with two bills slated to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

These two proposals, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act, will focus on preferential treatment to indigenous products and the monopoly of app stores. In this story, we’ll break down both these bills and their impact on companies and consumers.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act

This bill was first introduced in the Senate last October with an aim to prevent companies from favoring their own products on their platforms.

It’ll primarily affect companies like Apple and Google as they place their own apps alongside third-party apps on their app stores, and in search results. It’ll also question Amazon, which sells private-label goods on its platform that compete with other sellers.