Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC

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Publication Date 15/12/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 15 December 2020, setting up a framework for regulating digital services in the European Union (EU). It introduces a number of amendments to Directive 2000/31/EC, also known as e-Commerce Directive. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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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.

Building on the key principles set out in the e-Commerce Directive, this proposal 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.

The draft law was 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.

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Commentary and Analysis
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Twitter: Blog, 09/12/2021: Our Holiday Wish List for the Digital Services Act https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/ourholidaywishlistforthedigitalservicesact
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Deutsche Welle, 20/01/2022: What is the EU's Digital Services Act supposed to achieve? https://p.dw.com/p/45nSQ
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Social Europe, 20/10/2022: Framing the future of the internet https://socialeurope.eu/framing-the-future-of-the-internet/

News
Politico: Tag: Digital Services Act https://www.politico.eu/tag/digital-services-act/
BBC News, 15/12/2020: EU Digital Services Act set to bring in new rules for tech giants https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55307115
EurActiv, 15/12/2020: Revealed: Commission ushers in new era of digital regulation https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/revealed-commission-ushers-in-new-era-of-digital-regulation/
CityAM, 09/02/2021: EU weighs up forcing tech giants to pay for news https://www.cityam.com/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 https://www.irishtimes.com/business/media-and-marketing/eu-ready-to-follow-australia-s-lead-on-making-big-tech-pay-for-news-1.4480114
EurActiv, 10/02/2021: Prohibit targeted advertising in Digital Services Act, EU data watchdog says https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/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 https://www.reuters.com/technology/eu-countries-aiming-common-position-tech-rules-nov-25-2021-10-29/
The Irish Times, 09/12/2021: Tech firms say EU rules should ensure they are regulated in their bases https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/tech-firms-say-eu-rules-should-ensure-they-are-regulated-in-their-bases-1.4751338
TIME Magazine, 13/12/2021: E.U. Lawmakers Propose New Rules to Control Online Content https://time.com/6128245/eu-online-content-regulations-internet/
EurActiv, 14/12/2021: MEPs adopt Digital Services Act in a key committee vote https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/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 https://www.politico.eu/article/cedric-o-europe-big-tech-crackdown-is-not-about-the-us/
EurActiv, 20/01/2022: MEPs adopt Digital Services Act with significant last-minute changes https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/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 https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eu-parliament-agrees-proposal-new-rules-aimed-us-tech-giants-2022-01-20/

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)349: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2020:349:FIN
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EFTA: News, 29/09/2021: EEA EFTA States highlight how the Digital Services Act can contribute to a safer online environment https://www.efta.int/EEA/news/EEA-EFTA-States-highlight-how-Digital-Services-Act-can-contribute-safer-online-environment-525946
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 https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/sds-dsadma-we-are-astonished-hear-others-might-put-risk-these-files-are-crucial-our
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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 https://www.reneweuropegroup.eu/news/2021-12-14/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 https://ecrgroup.eu/article/ecr_group_on_the_digital_services_act
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European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Breton on the Digital Services Act (19 January 2022) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_22_431
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 https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/digital-services-act-sds-put-end-tracking-minors-and-their-behaviour-online-advertising
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 20/01/2022: European Parliament votes on Constitution for the internet https://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/press/european-parliament-votes-on-constitution-for-the-internet

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