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Government told to take back control from tech titans with new data rules

Britons should be able to regain control of data from technology giants to break their stranglehold over the digital economy and boost competition online, according to a landmark review for the Government.

A panel of experts told the Treasury that consumers should be able to move move their data from one digital service to another more easily to curb the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft in “winner-takes-most” markets.

Under the proposals, new regulations could allow social networking users to shift their lists of friends, photo archives and message histories off Facebook or LinkedIn to to a new challenger, for instance.

Oversight by a “digital markets unit” could also…

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