MEPs Launch Hotline to Tip off Big Tech's 'Shady Lobbying' in EU Institutions

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A group of cross-party MEPs on Thursday launched a website to allow for the anonymous tip-off of "shady lobbying" of European Union institutions by big tech companies.

The hotline website, Lobbyleaks.eu, promises to guarantee complete anonymity for staff of EU institutions that come forward to tip off any irregularities in lobbying practices by Big Tech companies.

The aim, according to a press statement, is to increase pressure on EU institutions "to hold Big Tech's shady lobbying campaigns to account" and increase transparency.

Currently, any individual or organization that lobbies EU institutions in the hope of influencing the legislative process must be registered on a Transparency Register.

The database is supposed to make clear what interests they pursue, for whom, and with what budgets. But some MEPs launched complaints in October last year against Google, Amazon and Meta accusing them of using front groups to "opaquely" push their interests. 

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