The new Digital Services Act legislation, proposed in December 2020 and updated on March 22, 2022, will enter into force five months after its entry into force or from 1 January 2024, depending on the date which is later.
Digital Services Act - Shaping Europe's digital future
What is the Digital Services Act?
The Digital Services Act is a comprehensive set of new rules governing the responsibilities of digital services acting as intermediaries within the EU to connect consumers to goods, services, and content.
What are the purposes of the act?
The rules aim at:
- Better protection of consumers and their fundamental rights online
- Establish vital transparency and a clear accountability framework for online platforms
- Promoting innovation, growth, and competitiveness within the single market
Which services- providers are affected and called upon to comply with the new legislation?
All platforms offer digital services, hosting services, search engines, online shopping platforms, and any other type of digital provider/service.
Are we ready for this act?
Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, added: “With the DSA we help create a safe and accountable online environment. Platforms should be transparent about their content moderation decisions, prevent dangerous disinformation from going viral, and avoid unsafe products offered on marketplaces. With today's agreement, we ensure that platforms are held accountable for the risks their services can pose to society and citizens.”
Read more about the new rules of legislation here