Who: European Commission
Where: European Union
When: 2 June 2020
Law stated as at: 22 June 2020
The European Commission opened a consultation on its forthcoming Digital Services Act, which will set out rules for online service operators. The consultation is open for responses until 8 September 2020.
In terms of advertising, the consultation addressed requests for more stringent regulation of targeted advertising by inviting responses on data sharing and transparency around the source of advertising (particularly political advertising). The consultation also considers processes for detecting offers of illegal goods, services or content, as well as misleading advertising.
In addition to online advertising, the consultation covers online harms, the liability regime in the E-Commerce Directive (particularly for intermediaries), online competition (particularly the “gatekeeper” role of digital platforms), smart contracts, platform workers and governance.
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Why this matters:
The new Digital Services Act is likely to have significant ramifications for digital service providers, particularly platforms. Companies concerned about the potential impact of the new Digital Services Act should ensure they respond to the consultation prior to 8 September 2020.