European agreement on the renewal of the fundamental digital economy | news

News feature | 23-04-2022 | 12:25

Better online protection for businesses and consumers and make digital commerce easier. That is the purpose of Act on digital services (DSA). This new EU legislation regulates the responsibilities and responsibilities of ISPs, hosting companies, online platforms, search engines and marketplaces for the activities through their services. EU Member States and the European Parliament today reached a preliminary political agreement on the DSA.

A preliminary political agreement on the EU was already concluded in March 2022 Digital Markets Act (DMA), which will provide additional market and merger oversight and competition rules for the world’s largest online platforms. In Brussels, the Netherlands has been one of the driving forces behind the DMA and the DSA, which together form the basis for new, modern European legislation for the digital economy. The EU and its member states will soon lead the world with this new standard of platform regulation.

Minister Micky Adriaansen (Economic Affairs and Climate): “Renewing the European digital market is important to give all entrepreneurs growth opportunities, to promote fair competition and to protect consumers. DMA and DSA bring the digital market closer to everyone. We will continue to drive innovation, become less dependent on large platforms, create greater market access and combat the proliferation of illegal content, cybercrime and misleading consumers and entrepreneurs. ”

Responsibility and responsibility digital services

The Netherlands has argued for various components that have ended up in the DSA. For example, online marketplaces will soon need to obtain more information about the companies (retailers) that sell products or services through their platform. This should help deter and identify malicious traders, eliminate unfair competition and facilitate the enforcement of your rights as a consumer.

The DSA will also soon oblige digital service providers to combat illegal online content and provide users with more detailed information on this. Digital providers should therefore better explain the removal of information or user accounts. They must also have a unique complaint procedure that consumers can turn to.

Handling of unwanted personal ads and misinformation

The DSA further prohibits online platforms from personalizing ads based on, for example, religion or sexual orientation. In the future, minors will also be extra protected from personal ads. This should help ensure that they do not see inappropriate advertisements.

In addition, the DSA also provides the opportunity to better protect citizens from misinformation and fake news and better protection of fundamental and human rights.
The largest online platforms and search engines must take steps to reduce the risks of their services to, among others, society and democracy. In addition, the DSA promotes transparency. By better organizing access to data for scientific research, we gain more insight into how these platforms work.

State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen (Government Relations and Digitization): “This legislation is a breakthrough in how we tackle disinformation. Big technology companies need to do a lot more now. They have to keep bots and fake accounts out and work with independent fact checkers. Algorithms that encourage disinformation need to be adapted. It is a big step forward. “

Large companies pay the inspection fee themselves

The European Commission will soon monitor DSA compliance with major online platforms and search engines. They pay for this supervision themselves through a fee. The DMA and DSA agreements will be submitted to the EU Member States and the European Parliament for approval in the near future. After a transition period, the DSA and DMA should apply from mid-2024.

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