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Competition Policy

Commission Staff working document - Preliminary Report - Sector Inquiry on Consumer Internet of Things

Policy field

Competition: antitrust


Target group

All citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are sought particularly from companies active in the consumer Internet of Things.


Period of consultation

From 09.06.2021 to 01.09.2021


Objective of the consultation

The objective of the consultation is to gather comments on the preliminary report of the ongoing competition Sector Inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT).

This sector inquiry, launched in July 2020, forms part of the Commission’s digital strategy and follows an announcement in the Commission’s Communication on Shaping Europe’s digital future.

The consumer IoT Sectory Inquiry aims to better understand the consumer IoT sector, its competitive landscape, developing trends and potential competition issues.

The objective of the consultation is to gather comments on the preliminary findings of the sector inquiry as well as additional information of relevance to the sector inquiry.


How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click COMP-SIatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5752_Reply_from_a_citizen) (here) to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click COMP-SIatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5752_Reply_from_an_organisation) (here) to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click COMP-SIatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5752_Reply_from_a_public_authority) (here) to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on this webpage.  Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Please provide us with contact details. 

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.

We would appreciate receiving documents in an electronic format.

When appropriate, please provide the registered name and address of the company on behalf of which you are submitting feedback. Please also indicate the name, position, e-mail address and telephone number of a contact person. This information will only be used if we have follow-up questions to your submission.


Consultation document  / Questionnaire


Reference documents and other, related consultations

The Commission launched the inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things for consumer-related products and services in the European Union on 16 July 2020 (see the press release) on the basis of European Union ("EU") competition rules, in particular Article 17 of Regulation 1/2003.

The decision initiating the sector inquiry is available in three languages: en - fr - de

For more background about the Consumer IoT Sector Inquiry and competition sector inquiries in general, please see the sector inquiry's webpage.



  • individual citizens
  • public authorities
  • registered organisations
  • unregistered organisations


Contact details

Responsible service:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit C.2
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5752

e-mail: COMP-SIatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (COMP-SI[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Antitrust registry
1049 Bruxelles /Brussel
Belgique /België
Fax (32-2) 296 12 42


Results of consultation and next steps

The final report on the Consumer IoT Sector Inquiry is expected in the first half of 2022.



Protection of personal data

Privacy statement