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Chapter III – Due diligence obligations for a transparent and safe online environment (Art. 11-48)

Art. 11 DSA - Points of contact for Member States’ authorities, the Commission and the Board arrow_right_alt

Art. 12 DSA - Points of contact for recipients of the service arrow_right_alt

Art. 13 DSA - Legal representatives arrow_right_alt

Art. 14 DSA - Terms and conditions arrow_right_alt

Art. 15 DSA - Transparency reporting obligations for providers of intermediary services arrow_right_alt

Art. 16 DSA - Notice and action mechanisms arrow_right_alt

Art. 17 DSA - Statement of reasons arrow_right_alt

Art. 18 DSA - Notification of suspicions of criminal offences arrow_right_alt

Art. 19 DSA - Exclusion for micro and small enterprises arrow_right_alt

Art. 20 DSA - Internal complaint-handling system arrow_right_alt

Art. 21 DSA - Out-of-court dispute settlement arrow_right_alt

Art. 22 DSA - Trusted flaggers arrow_right_alt

Art. 23 DSA - Measures and protection against misuse arrow_right_alt

Art. 24 DSA - Transparency reporting obligations for providers of online platforms arrow_right_alt

Art. 25 DSA - Online interface design and organisation arrow_right_alt

Art. 26 DSA - Advertising on online platforms arrow_right_alt

Art. 27 DSA - Recommender system transparency arrow_right_alt

Art. 28 DSA - Online protection of minors arrow_right_alt

Art. 29 DSA - Exclusion for micro and small enterprises arrow_right_alt

Art. 30 DSA - Traceability of traders arrow_right_alt

Art. 31 DSA - Compliance by design arrow_right_alt

Art. 32 DSA - Right to information arrow_right_alt

Art. 33 DSA - Very large online platforms and very large online search engines arrow_right_alt

Art. 34 DSA - Risk assessment arrow_right_alt

Art. 35 DSA - Mitigation of risks arrow_right_alt

Art. 36 DSA - Crisis response mechanism arrow_right_alt

Art. 37 DSA - Independent audit arrow_right_alt

Art. 38 DSA - Recommender systems arrow_right_alt

Art. 39 DSA - Additional online advertising transparency arrow_right_alt

Art. 40 DSA - Data access and scrutiny arrow_right_alt

Art. 41 DSA - Compliance function arrow_right_alt

Art. 42 DSA - Transparency reporting obligations arrow_right_alt

Art. 43 DSA - Supervisory fee arrow_right_alt

Art. 44 DSA - Standards arrow_right_alt

Art. 45 DSA - Codes of conduct arrow_right_alt

Art. 46 DSA - Codes of conduct for online advertising arrow_right_alt

Art. 47 DSA - Codes of conduct for accessibility arrow_right_alt

Art. 48 DSA - Crisis protocols arrow_right_alt

  1. The Board may recommend that the Commission initiate the drawing up, in accordance with paragraphs 2, 3 and 4, of voluntary crisis protocols for addressing crisis situations. Those situations shall be strictly limited to extraordinary circumstances affecting public security or public health.
  2. The Commission shall encourage and facilitate the providers of very large online platforms, of very large online search engines and, where appropriate, the providers of other online platforms or of other online search engines, to participate in the drawing up, testing and application of those crisis protocols. The Commission shall aim to ensure that those crisis protocols include one or more of the following measures:
    1. prominently displaying information on the crisis situation provided by Member States’ authorities or at Union level, or, depending on the context of the crisis, by other relevant reliable bodies;
    2. ensuring that the provider of intermediary services designates a specific point of contact for crisis management; where relevant, this may be the electronic point of contact referred to in Article 11 or, in the case of providers of very large online platforms or of very large online search engines, the compliance officer referred to in Article 41;
    3. where applicable, adapt the resources dedicated to compliance with the obligations set out in Articles 16, 20, 22, 23 and 35 to the needs arising from the crisis situation.
  3. The Commission shall, as appropriate, involve Member States’ authorities, and may also involve Union bodies, offices and agencies in drawing up, testing and supervising the application of the crisis protocols. The Commission may, where necessary and appropriate, also involve civil society organisations or other relevant organisations in drawing up the crisis protocols.
  4. The Commission shall aim to ensure that the crisis protocols set out clearly all of the following:
    1. the specific parameters to determine what constitutes the specific extraordinary circumstance the crisis protocol seeks to address and the objectives it pursues;
    2. the role of each participant and the measures they are to put in place in preparation and once the crisis protocol has been activated;
    3. a clear procedure for determining when the crisis protocol is to be activated;
    4. a clear procedure for determining the period during which the measures to be taken once the crisis protocol has been activated are to be taken, which is strictly limited to what is necessary for addressing the specific extraordinary circumstances concerned;
    5. safeguards to address any negative effects on the exercise of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Charter, in particular the freedom of expression and information and the right to non-discrimination;
    6. a process to publicly report on any measures taken, their duration and their outcomes, upon the termination of the crisis situation.
  5. If the Commission considers that a crisis protocol fails to effectively address the crisis situation, or to safeguard the exercise of fundamental rights as referred to in paragraph 4, point (e), it shall request the participants to revise the crisis protocol, including by taking additional measures.
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Recital 108

In addition to the crisis response mechanism for very large online platforms and very large online search engines, the Commission may initiate the drawing up of voluntary crisis protocols to coordinate a rapid, collective and cross-border response in the online environment. Such can be the case, for example, where online platforms are misused for the rapid spread of illegal content or disinformation or where the need arises for rapid dissemination of reliable information. In light of the important role of very large online platforms in disseminating information in our societies and across borders, providers of such platforms should be encouraged in drawing up and applying specific crisis protocols. Such crisis protocols should be activated only for a limited period of time and the measures adopted should also be limited to what is strictly necessary to address the extraordinary circumstance. Those measures should be consistent with this Regulation, and should not amount to a general obligation for the participating providers of very large online platforms and of very large online search engines to monitor the information which they transmit or store, nor actively to seek facts or circumstances indicating illegal content.