Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 on a Single Market For Digital Services and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (Digital Services Act)

Author (Corporate) ,
Series Title
Series Details L 277, Pages 1-102
Publication Date 27/10/2022
Content Type , , ,


Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 - formally adopted by the co-legislators on 19 October 2022 - setting up a framework for regulating digital services in the European Union (EU). This is also known as the Digital Services Act (DSA). It introduces a number of amendments to Directive 2000/31/EC, also known as e-Commerce Directive. This is a text with EEA relevance.

Further information:

This Regulation applies to intermediary services offered to recipients of the service that have their place of establishment or are located in the EU, irrespective of where the providers of those intermediary services have their place of establishment. This Act seeks to ensure the best conditions for the provision of innovative digital services in the internal market, to contribute to online safety and the protection of fundamental rights, and to set a robust and durable governance structure for the effective supervision of providers of intermediary services.

Since the adoption of Directive 2000/31/EC, new and innovative digital services emerged, shaping and transforming how citizens communicate, connect, consume and do business. The use of those services also became the source of new risks and challenges, both for societies and individuals. In its Communication on Shaping Europe's Digital Future, the Commission committed to updating the horizontal rules that define the responsibilities and obligations of providers of digital services, and online platforms in particular.

The draft law was eventually tabled by the European Commission on 15 December 2020 as part of the so-called a legislative package which also included the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA). The Council of the European Union adopted its negotiating position on 25 November 2021. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a negotiating position on 20 January 2022. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 23 April. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 5 July and by the Council on 4 October. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 19 October 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 27 October 2022.

The rules entered into force on 16 November 2022, and on 25 April 2023 the European Commission adopted the first designation decisions under the DSA. The Act started applying to all online intermediaries in the EU on 17 February 2024.

Source Link
Related Links
Commentary and Analysis
Fieldfisher: Services: Digital Services Act
University of Amsterdam: Institute for Information Law (IViR): Official Website of DSA Observatory
Verfassungsblog: Debates: To Break Up or Regulate Big Tech? Avenues to Constrain Private Power in the DSA/DMA Package
Wolters Kluwer: Competition Law Blog: Categories: Digital Services Act
Heinrich Böll Foundation: Tags: Digital Services Act (DSA)
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI): Policy Brief No 12/2020, September 2020: The digital services act package. Reflection on the EU Commission's policy options
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: Our Thinking, 10/11/2020: The Digital Services Act – a liability regime for user content for the next twenty years?
EFF, 15/12/2020: European Commission’s Proposed Digital Services Act Got Several Things Right, But Improvements Are Necessary to Put Users in Control
TIME, 15/12/2020: How the E.U's Sweeping New Regulations Against Big Tech Could Have an Impact Beyond Europe
EU Law Analysis, 16/12/2020: Overview of Digital Services Act
Bruegel: Podcast, 16/12/2020: The new EU digital regulations: Explained
Pinsent Masons: News, 17/12/2020: Intermediaries the focus of EU Digital Services Act
TechUK: Insights, 17/12/2020: European Commission publishes Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: Our Thinking, 17/12/2020: The Digital Services Act – taking (more) responsibility
EIBF: Press Release, 18/12/2020: EIBF welcomes the European Commission's Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act
IFLA: Blogs, 18/12/2020: European Commission releases key proposals: Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act
Noerr: Newsroom, 22/12/2020: The ‘Digital Services Act’ package - Europe’s response to the power of big tech companies?
Verfassungsblog, 04/01/2021: A first impression of regulatory powers in the Digital Services Act
Brookings Institution: Blog, 06/01/2021: Four lessons for U.S. legislators from the EU Digital Services Act
Fieldfisher: Insights, 12/01/2021: The Digital Services Act - Transforming the delivery of online services through EU regulation
KU Leuven: CiTiP Blog, 14/01/2021: The Good Samaritan that wasn’t: voluntary monitoring under the (draft) Digital Services Act
Brookings Institution: Blog, 15/01/2021: Platform data access is a lynchpin of the EU’s Digital Services Act
RTÉ Brainstorm, 05/02/2021: How will the EU's new act deal with online lies and fake news?
Media Laws, 08/02/2021: The Digital Services Act: a Silver Bullet to Fight Disinformation?
Article19: Resources, 11/02/2021: At a glance: Does the EU Digital Services Act protect freedom of expression?
Center for Data Innovation: Commentary, 18/02/2021: The EU’s Digital Services Act Should Not Have Separate Rules for Large Platforms
Maastricht University: Blog, 08/03/2021: The Digital Services Act and freedom of expression: triumph or failure?
Amnesty International: News, 30/03/2021: Amnesty International Position on the Proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act
Social Europe, 09/04/2021: Taming the Big Tech tiger
CMS Law-Now: eAlerts, 12/04/2021: EU Digital Services Act gives new legal framework for platform economy
DLA Piper: Insights, 15/04/2021: Digital Services Act: EDPS's opinion and public consultation
GSMA Europe: Resources, 26/04/2021: Digital Services Act: Joint Position Paper by the GSMA and ETNO
Mozilla: Blog, 18/05/2021: Mozilla publishes position paper on EU Digital Services Act
Article19: Resources, 21/05/2021: EU: Due diligence obligations in the proposed Digital Services Act
Open Access Government: News, 07/06/2021: The Digital Services Act is tiptoeing towards regulatory failure
Twitter: Blog, 23/06/2021: Digital Services Act: Defending the Open Internet
Atlantic Council: New Atlanticist Blog, 25/06/2021: Behind the European Union’s plan to rewrite the rules of online life
Amazon: Blog, 25/06/2021: Digital Services Act Expert Panel – European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV): Events, 09/07/2021: New EU-rules for Big Tech: How to improve the Digital Services Act. Background Discussion
EU DisinfoLab: Advocacy, 31/08/2021: Open Letter to EU Policy-Makers: How the Digital Services Act (DSA) can Tackle Disinformation
European Broadcasting Union (EBU): News, 27/09/2021: EBU welcomes important amendment to the Digital Services Act
SciencesPo: Blog, 02/10/2021: Digital Services Act: Will the EU Draw Lessons from the GDPR?
EurActiv: Opinion, 20/10/2021: Digital Services Act: a media exemption would open a loophole for disinformation
Oxford University: Faculty of Law: Blog, 08/11/2021: Data Desiderata: On the Proposed EU Digital Services Regulation 2020
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), 10/11/2021: European Parliament’s Plans Of A Digital Services Act Threaten Internet Freedoms
Internet Policy Review: Opinion, 16/11/2021: The Digital Services Act: risk-based regulation of online platforms
Politico, 25/11/2021: Europe reins in Big Tech: What you need to know
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ): Blog, 03/12/2021: EU Digital Services Act: journalistic content must be protected from interference by online platforms
Twitter: Blog, 09/12/2021: Our Holiday Wish List for the Digital Services Act
BEUC: Press Release, 14/12/2021: Glass half full for consumers following Parliament vote on key digital services rules
Creative Commons: Blog, 21/12/2021: Digital Services Act — Is the EU legislative train on the right track?
European Law Blog, 23/12/2021: EU Digital Constitutionalism, Digital Sovereignty and the Artificial Intelligence Act – A network perspective
Human Rights Watch (HRW): News, 07/01/2022: EU: Put Fundamental Rights at Top of Digital Regulation
EU Law Analysis, 11/01/2022: A democratic alternative to the Digital Services Act's handshake between States and online platforms to tackle disinformation
EPRS: At a Glance, January 2022: Parliament's negotiating position on the digital services act
EBU: News, 18/01/2022: The Digital Services Act must safeguard freedom of expression online
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ): News, 18/01/2022: Digital Services Act: EFJ supports amendment binding platforms to fundamental rights
European Parliament: Press Release, 20/01/2022: Digital Services Act: regulating platforms for a safer online space for users
Euronews, 20/01/2022: What is the EU Digital Services Act and how will it impact Big Tech?
Deutsche Welle, 20/01/2022: What is the EU's Digital Services Act supposed to achieve?
BEUC: Press Release, 20/01/2022: EU Parliament improves some protections for consumers in digital services but fails to go full mile
Social Europe, 20/10/2022: Framing the future of the internet
Digital Europe: Resources, 26/01/2022: Ironing out new rules for online platforms: What to watch out for during the Digital Services Act trilogues
London School of Economics (LSE): Media&LSE Blog, 26/01/2022: Pornography platforms, the EU Digital Services Act and Image-Based Sexual Abuse
Allen & Overy: Digital Hub Blog, 31/01/2022: European Parliament adopts its position on the proposed Digital Services Act
Linklaters: Blog, 04/02/2022: European Parliament pushes the Digital Services Act forward to the trilogues
EUCRIM: News, 25/02/2022: EP Adopted Position on Digital Services Act
Article19, 13/04/2022: EU: Digital Services Act crisis response mechanism must honour human rights
Centre for European Reform (CER): Insights, 21/04/2022: Will the Digital Services Act save Europe from disinformation?
EPRS: Briefing, April 2022: Digital services act
European Broadcasting Union (EBU): News, 22/04/2022: Digital Services Act: is this the end of the road?
Amnesty International: News, 23/04/2022: European Union: Digital Services Act agreement a ‘watershed moment’ for Internet regulation
EU DisinfoLab: Press Release, 25/04/2022: Tackling disinformation online: the Digital Services Act opens the era of accountability
Sciences Po: Interview, 26/04/2022: The legislative process for the Digital Services Act: 3 Questions to Felix Reda
Pinsent Masons: Out-Law News, 30/04/2022: Digital Services Act agreed by EU law makers
DLA Piper: MSE Today, 11/05/2022: The Digital Services Act – Ground rules for online platforms
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM): Bulletin No 77 (1994), 16/05/2022: EU Agrees the Digital Services Act
Greens/EFA EP Group: Opinion, 03/06/2022: How the EU Digital Services Act can help fight disinformation online
Atlantic Council: Transcripts, 07/06/2022: The EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act could become global models, say the bills’ drafters
Institute for International & European Affairs (IIEA), 13/06/2022: Regulating Hate Speech: The European Digital Services Act and Ireland’s Hate Crimes Bill
EPRS: At a Glance, June 2022: Adopting the digital services act
Kinstellar: News & Insights, July 2022: The Digital Services Act – an overview of the new online intermediary liability rules
Wolters Kluwers: Copyright Blog, 01/07/2022: Internal Market Committee endorses agreement on Digital Services Act
EUObserver: Opinion, 05/07/2022: The Digital Services Act — a case-study in keeping public in dark
Article19, 05/07/2022: EU: Will the Digital Services Act hold Big Tech to account?
DR2 Consultants: Blog, 05/07/2022: Digital Services Act proposal: the start of a new era in digital regulation
White&Case: Alert, 06/07/2022: EU Digital Services Act to Revolutionize Legal Landscape for Online Intermediaries
Amensty International, 08/07/2022: What the EU’s Digital Services Act means for human rights and harmful Big Tech business models
Akin Gump: TechSpeak Alert, 20/07/2022: Digital Services Act: Protecting the Digital Space Against the Spread of Illegal Content
London School of Economics (LSE): EUROPP Blog, 08/08/2022: The EU’s Digital Services Act: Europeanising social media regulation?
Brookings Institution: TechTank, 23/08/2022: The Digital Services Act’s lesson for U.S. policymakers: Co-regulatory mechanisms
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA): Blog, 06/09/2022: The Digital Services Act: creating accountability for online platforms and protecting users’ rights?
German Marshall Fund (GMFUS): Events, 12/09/2022: The Digital Services Act and The Code of Practice on Disinformation
Pinsent Masons: Out-Law News, 15/09/2022: Online platforms face likely Digital Services Act disclosure deadline of February 2023
Algorithm Watch: Blog, 21/09/2022: A guide to the Digital Services Act, the EU’s new law to rein in Big Tech
BEUC: Press Release, 04/10/2022: Digital Services Act should help consumers online but success depends on strong enforcement
Pinsent Masons: Out-Law Guides, 28/10/2022: A guide for online intermediaries on the scope of the EU Digital Services Act
Euronews, 28/10/2022: Now Elon Musk is in charge, will Twitter fall foul of the EU’s new Digital Services Act?
The Guardian: Analysis, 17/12/2022: Digital Services Act: inside the EU’s ambitious bid to clean up social media
European Broadcasting Union (EBU): Guides, 10/02/2023: Digital Services Act. A Handbook for Public Service Media
Linklaters: DigiLinks Blog, 13/02/2023: The EU Digital Services Act: A new era for online harms and intermediary liability
DLA Piper: MSE Today, 10/03/2023: The Digital Services Act – a new set of regulations for online platforms
The Bar of Ireland: Law Library: Viewpoints, 13/06/2023: Digital Services Act: Reining in the ‘Tech’ Giants and Re-shaping Digital Rights
Google Blog: Google in Europe, 24/08/2023: Complying with the Digital Services Act
Deutsche Welle, 25/08/2023: What impact will the EU's Digital Services Act have?
Microsoft: EU Policy Blog, 25/08/2023: An update on how Microsoft is complying with the Digital Services Act
The Guardian: Explainer, 25/08/2023: How the EU Digital Services Act affects Facebook, Google and others

EurActiv: Topics: Digital Services Act (DSA)
Politico: Tag: Digital Services Act
BBC News, 15/12/2020: EU Digital Services Act set to bring in new rules for tech giants
EurActiv, 15/12/2020: Revealed: Commission ushers in new era of digital regulation
CityAM, 09/02/2021: EU weighs up forcing tech giants to pay for news
The Irish Times, 09/02/2021: EU ready to follow Australia’s lead on making Big Tech pay for news
EurActiv, 10/02/2021: Prohibit targeted advertising in Digital Services Act, EU data watchdog says
Reuters, 29/10/2021: EU countries aiming for common position on tech rules on Nov. 25
The Irish Times, 09/12/2021: Tech firms say EU rules should ensure they are regulated in their bases
TIME Magazine, 13/12/2021: E.U. Lawmakers Propose New Rules to Control Online Content
EurActiv, 14/12/2021: MEPs adopt Digital Services Act in a key committee vote
Politico, 16/12/2021: 16/12/2021: French minister: Europe’s Big Tech crackdown is not about the US
EurActiv, 20/01/2022: MEPs adopt Digital Services Act with significant last-minute changes
Reuters, 20/01/2022: EU Parliament agrees on proposal to take on U.S. tech giants
EurActiv, 23/04/2022: EU institutions reach agreement on Digital Services Act
Politico, 23/04/2022: Big Tech firms set to face tough EU content rules
The Verge, 23/04/2022: Google, Meta, and others will have to explain their algorithms under new EU legislation
The Guardian, 23/04/2022: EU agrees rules to force big tech to rein in illegal content or face huge fines
Euronews, 23/04/2022: EU lawmakers, member states endorse act aimed at tackling harmful online content
EurActiv, 10/06/2022: European Parliament rejects consolidated text of the Digital Services Act
Reuters, 05/07/2022: EU lawmakers pass landmark tech rules, but enforcement a worry
Euronews, 05/07/2022: MEPs approve two laws that aim to make the Internet safer and fairer
Delano, 16/11/2022: Digital Services Act pushes online platforms to be more responsible
EurActiv, 27/01/2023: EU Commission preps national authorities on Digital Services Act implementation
Euronews: Next, 22/08/2023: EU Digital Services Act: Tech companies face a reckoning in Europe as new rules come into force
Reuters, 24/08/2023: Big Tech braces for EU Digital Services Act regulations
Politico, 14/02/2024: The EU’s online content rulebook isn’t ready for primetime

EUR-LEX: Summaries of EU Legislation: Digital Services Act
European Commission: Register of Delegated & Implementing Acts: Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 on a Single Market For Digital Services and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (Digital Services Act)
EUR-LEX: COM(2020)825: Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)348: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)349: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Digital Services Act (2020/0361(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Digital Services Act
European Commission: Policies: Digital Services Act package
European Commission: Priorities 2019-2024: The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment
General Secretariat of the Council: Policies: Digital Services Act
European Commission: Press Release, 15/12/2020: Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms
European Commission: Statement by Executive Vice-President Vestager on the Commission proposal on new rules for digital platforms (15 December 2020)
EPP Group: Newsroom, 20/01/2021: EPP Group Position on the Digital Services Act (DSA)
EU EDPS: Press Release, 10/02/2021: EDPS Opinions on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act
EFTA: News, 29/09/2021: EEA EFTA States highlight how the Digital Services Act can contribute to a safer online environment
S&D EP Group: Newsroom, 06/10/2021: S&Ds on DSA/DMA: We are astonished to hear others might put at risk these files that are crucial to our citizens
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/11/2021: What is illegal offline should be illegal online: Council agrees position on the Digital Services Act
Finnish Government: Press Release, 25/11/2021: EU Digital Services Act to expand the responsibilities of internet service providers
European Parliament: Headlines, 14/12/2021: EU Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act explained
European Parliament: Press Release, 14/12/2021: Digital Services Act: a safer online space for users, stricter rules for platforms
Renew Europe EP Group: Newsroom, 14/12/2021: Digital Services Act: Renew Europe wants a better internet where users are protected and digital companies can fairly compete
ECR EP Group: Article, 14/12/2021: ECR Group on the Digital Services Act
European Commission: Speech by Executive Vice-President Vestager on the Digital Services Act (19 January 2022)
European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Breton on the Digital Services Act (19 January 2022)
S&D EP Group: Newsroom, 20/01/2022: With the Digital Services Act, S&Ds put an end to tracking minors and their behaviour online for advertising purposes
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 20/01/2022: European Parliament votes on Constitution for the internet
Finnish Government: Press Release, 16/03/2022: Digital Services Act proceeds, European Parliament proposes new regulation
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 23/04/2022: Digital Services Act: Council and European Parliament provisional agreement for making the internet a safer space for European citizens
European Parliament: Press Release, 23/04/2022: Digital Services Act: agreement for a transparent and safe online environment
Renew Europe EP Group: Newsroom, 23/04/2022: Digital Services Act: Deal ensures Bit Tech players "cannot act as independent digital islands"
European Parliament: Press Release, 05/07/2022: Digital Services: landmark rules adopted for a safer, open online environment
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 05/07/2022: Digital Services Act: New global standard for the internet
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 04/10/2022: DSA: Council gives final approval to the protection of users' rights online
European Commission: Press Release, 16/11/2022: Digital Services Act: EU's landmark rules for online platforms enter into force
EU: Eurojust: Publications, 16/11/2022: Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment
European Commission: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology: Library, 31/01/2023: DSA: Guidance on the requirement to publish user numbers
European Commission: Press Release, 25/04/2023: Digital Services Act: Commission designates first set of Very Large Online Platforms and Search Engines
European Commission: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, 22/11/2023: The Digital Services Act (DSA) explained Measures to protect children and young people online
European Commission: Press Release, 16/02/2024: Digital Services Act starts applying to all online platforms in the EU
European Commission: Digital Services Act – Questions and Answers (16 February 2024)

Wikipedia: Digital Services Act

Subject Categories ,
Subject Tags
International Organisations