In December 2020, the European Commission published the highly-anticipated proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA), to create a Single Market for digital services in the EU.

Referred to as a “modern rulebook for digital services”, the DSA aims to create a horizontal framework for responsibility online – reaffirming the key principles of the e-Commerce Directive and setting out clear, proportionate and graduated obligations for online service providers to tackle illegalities in the online space. With this new rulebook, the EU has a real opportunity to build on the past 20 years of success of the e-Commerce Directive, and to develop a framework for the online ecosystem which provides legal certainty for all stakeholders, to better address illegalities online while continuing to reap the benefits of digital transformation. DOT Europe is increasingly concerned over hasty introduction of new proposals that risk reinterpreting the fundamental mechanisms of the DSA. These concerns stem from recent legislative propositions that directly intersect with the core principles of the DSA, such as the proposed EMFA, Political Advertising, CSAM, and AI Act.

As a leading voice of digital, online and tech, DOT Europe is eager to engage with policy makers and stakeholders on this important initiative. Given our role at the heart of the digital economy, DOT Europe and its wide variety of members can offer first-hand insight into the evolving nature of technology and EU citizens’ relation to it. We will use our shared experiences to be a constructive driver of the DSA discussions. Below you can find our latest publications relating to the DSA, as well as the DSA Report Cards, delivered to key policy makers on the occasion of the DSA’s anniversary to score legislative proposals on how closely they align with the DSA.

Click on a report card to see how the file scores in relation to the DSA!