The digital segment has been regulated so that everything works as well as possible and without “overruns”. Last week, the European Parliament approved a bill on digital services.
After the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the Digital Services Act (DSA) will impose an impactful evolution of services. Know what is at stake.
For the first time, a set of rules on the obligations and liability of intermediaries in the Digital Single Market will open up new opportunities for the provision of digital services across borders, while ensuring a high level of protection for all users , regardless of where they reside in the EU.
What are the main objectives of the Digital Services Act?
In December 2020, the European Commission proposed a new legislative framework to tackle challenges such as the sale of counterfeit products, the spreading of hate speech, cyber threats, limiting competition and market domination. The basic idea behind the proposal is as follows: what is illegal in the real world must also be illegal in the online world, reports euronews.
The new law, when enforced, will affect social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, app stores, video and music sharing platforms like YouTube and Spotify, online travel sites like Airbnb and other digital markets.
Users will have the power to report “illegal” content, requiring digital platforms to communicate any decision they make on the complaint and the final decision on the reported content.
The directive will allow the creation of a “system of trust flags” for entities specializing in specific fields. case of targeted advertising. According to the document, “Platforms should ensure that denying recipient consent is no more difficult or time-consuming than giving consent. If he refuses or has withdrawn his consent, he must be offered other options to access the platform, including non-tracking advertising-based options”.
The bill on digital services was approved by 530 votes for, 78 against and 80 abstentions.