Members' Research Service By / March 5, 2021

Digital services act [EU Legislation in Progress]

Whereas online platforms – such as search engines, social media and e-commerce platforms – are playing an increasingly important role in our social and economic life, the current EU rules on digital services date back two decades and have remained largely unchanged since the adoption of the e Commerce Directive in 2000 (Directive 2000/31/EC).

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Written by Tambiama Madiega (3rd edition, updated on 17.11.2022).

EU lawmakers have agreed on the digital services act (DSA), which aims to ensure fairness, trust and safety in the digital environment. The regulation entered into force in November 2022.

The DSA puts in place a framework of layered responsibilities targeted at different types of online intermediary services, including network infrastructure services (e.g. cloud and webhosting), online platform services (e.g. app stores and social media platforms), and services provided by very large online platforms and very large online search engines that pose particular risks in the dissemination of illegal content and societal harms. All providers offering such online intermediary services in the EU will have to comply with a range of obligations to ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility for their actions according to their role, size and impact in the online ecosystem.

Complete version

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a single market for digital services (digital services act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC
Committee responsible: Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2020) 825
Rapporteur: Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark) 2020/0361(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Arba Kokalari (EPP, Sweden)
Dita Charanzová (Renew, Czechia)
Alessandra Basso (ID, Italy)
Adam Bielan (ECR, Poland)
Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Martin Schirdewan (The Left, Germany)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation 2022/2065

OJ L 277 27.10.2022, pp 1-102

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