In her political guidelines, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has committed to “upgrade the Union’s liability and safety rules for digital platforms, services and products, with a new Digital Services Act” (DSA). The upcoming DSA will revise the rules contained in the E-Commerce Directive of 2000 that affect how intermediaries regulate and influence user activity on their platforms, including people’s ability to exercise their rights and freedoms online. This is why reforming those rules has the potential to be either a big threat to fundamental rights rights or a major improvement of the current situation online. It is also an opportunity for the European Union to decide how central aspects of the internet will look in the coming ten years.
A public consultation by the European Commission is planned to be launched in May 2020 and legislative proposals are expected to be presented in the first quarter of 2021.
In the meantime, three different Committees of the European Parliament have announced or published Own Initiative Reports as well as Opinions in view of setting the agenda of what the DSA should regulate and how it should achieve its goals.
We have created a document pool in which we will be listing relevant articles and documents related to the DSA. This will allow you to follow the developments of content moderation and regulatory actions in Europe.
Document pool: Digital Service Act (27. 04. 2020)