25 August 2021
The EU’s Institutional Triangle (Commission, Parliament, Council) has reached a political agreement on the implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA), the major new regulation on digital content.
The DSA sets out an unprecedented new standard for the accountability of online platforms regarding illegal and harmful content. It will provide better protection for internet users and their fundamental rights, as well as define a single set of rules in the internal market, helping smaller platforms to scale up.
The DSA contains EU-wide due diligence obligations that will apply to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content, including new procedures for faster removal of illegal content as well as comprehensive protection for users’ fundamental rights online.
In scope of the DSA are various online intermediary services. Their obligations under the DSA depend on their role, size, and impact on the online ecosystem.
Formal approval of this legislation is expected to take place very quickly, with a view to its entry into force on 1 January 2024.