Digital Services Act (DSA)

European Commission

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Policy overview

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a regulation consisting of a comprehensive framework aimed at enhancing online safety and protecting the rights of consumers and businesses within the European Union. It introduces clear responsibilities for various online platforms, addresses issues such as illegal content, hate speech, and disinformation, and seeks to boost transparency through improved reporting and oversight. Additionally, the DSA promotes innovation, growth, and competitiveness in the EU's internal market. The regulation applies to a wide range of intermediary service providers, including internet access providers, hosting services, online marketplaces, app stores, social networks, and more. It also includes specific provisions for very large online platforms and search engines serving a significant portion of the EU's population. The Regulation took effect on November 16, 2022. The DSA will have direct applicability throughout the EU and will affect all parties starting from January 1, 2024, except for specific measures that apply to intermediary services at an earlier date.

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