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Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in Berlin, Germany on March 14, 2019.Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in Berlin, Germany on March 14, 2019.
Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in Berlin, Germany on March 14, 2019.Jacobia Dahm—Bloomberg via Getty Images
Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in Berlin, Germany on March 14, 2019., Jacobia Dahm—Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Title
    Commissioner for Competition
  • Affiliation
    European Union

At a time when U.S. lawmakers are divided over reining in Big Tech, Vestager has shown how it can be done. She “Apple-converted-space” fined Google a total of $9 billion for alleged anticompetitive behavior, sought $15 billion in back taxes from Apple (both moves are being appealed), and is investigating Facebook. Dismissive of industry excuses, Vestager says: “If it’s your algorithm, it’s your responsibility.”

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