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Digital Services Act (DSA)

About Digital Services Act (DSA)

Full name: Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 October 2022 on a Single Market for Digital Services and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (Digital Services Act).

Type: Regulation.

Objective and key elements:

  • Uniform rules for a safe, predictable and trusted online environment, where fundamental rights enshrined in the Charter are effectively protected.
  • Contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market for intermediary services.
  • The obligations include (i.a):
    • Ban on nudging and dark patterns.
    • Know your customer.
    • Transparency in targeted advertising.
    • Transparency in ranking parameters.
    • Ban on targeting minors and using special categories of data.
  • Requirements on online platforms:
    • obligations to "clean up",
    • must start sharing how algorithms and processes work, and
    • to put processes in place to remove illegal goods and content quickly, and crack down on users who spread misinformation.

Relevant to: Providers and users of online intermediary services (network infrastructure services, online marketplaces, hosting services cloud providers, social media platforms, search engines).

Status: In force. However, certain obligations enter into force in sequences and time lime for full implementation to be completed by 17 February 2024.