Digital Services Act (DSA)

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WWhat is the EU's Digital Services Act (DSA)?

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a major piece of European Union legislation that aims to optimize the regulation of digital services, platforms and search engines. The Commission is playing a central role in the development and implementation of the DSA; its goal is to ensure that the interests of European citizens and businesses are protected. The DSA affects a wide range of digital services, including social networks, online platforms and online search engines as well as intermediary services. Through clear rules and transparency obligations, the Commission will contribute to strengthening the integrity of the digital market and ensuring the protection of user rights.

The DSA will affect a wide range of digital services and platforms, including social networks, online platforms and online search engines. In terms of substance, it affects all providers of intermediary online services used by citizens in the EU. This can include large corporations as well as small providers.

The DSA introduces regulations to ensure the transparency, security and integrity of digital services. These include:

  • Combatting illegal content online
  • Safeguards for users
  • Bans on targeted advertising on online platforms by profiling minors
  • Transparency on the algorithms used, and
  • Cooperation between authorities to investigate infringements.

The DSA aims to step up the responsibility of providers and to protect freedom of expression.

The DSA requires that providers of intermediary services take measures to remove illegal hate speech and terrorist content within 24 hours of their reporting. To do this, mechanisms for reporting such content must be available to users. What constitutes illegal content is defined in the individual EU member states and providers must comply with these regulations.

By proactively meeting the requirements of the DSA, your company can reinforce users' trust and improve the quality of its services. This can help to minimize legal risks and may open up new business opportunities. By complying with these rules, you can ensure that your company operates in accordance with ethical and legal standards, thus gaining a competitive advantage.
Digital service providers are required under the DSA to fulfill a number of obligations to ensure the security, integrity and quality of their services. These include the obligation to be transparent about business practices, data protection measures and the handling of user data. Furthermore, providers must implement mechanisms for reporting and removing illegal content and ensure that the operation of their services is safe and reliable for users.

The DSA aims to strengthen the security and data protection of users of digital services. Providers of digital services are obliged to implement appropriate safeguards to protect the confidentiality and integrity of user data. In addition, they must provide transparent information about how they use and process user data. This creates a high level of trust and security for users.

KPMG has an experienced team of experts to help companies understand the DSA and to implement it in an effective manner. We provide customized training, compliance checks, consulting services and practical resources to ensure that your company complies fully with the DSA regulations. We are the reliable partner at your side and will support you to meet the compliance requirements and to benefit from the advantages of this groundbreaking regulation. Contact us to find out more.