EU sets new legislative framework for digital platforms – 04/23/2022 at 07:54

by Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – European Union member countries and the European Parliament adopted on Saturday a new legislative framework targeting digital platforms which are urged to step up their efforts to combat illegal content online.

The ‘Digital Services Act’ (DSA) was approved after 16 hours of negotiations and comes after the adoption last month of the ‘Digital Markets Legislation’. Act) which also targeted the digital giants, whether Google, subsidiary of Alphabet GOOGL.O, Facebook, subsidiary of Meta FB.O or Amazon AMZN.O. nL5N2VR7KC

In a press release, Google said it was studying the text adopted on Saturday and said it was ready to work with the public authorities to ensure that the law is respected by all.

The system provides that companies covered by the DSA risk a fine of up to 6% of their worldwide turnover if they violate the rules on illegal content. They could even be banned from operating within the European Union if their offenses were to be repeated.

“Yes, we have an agreement! With the DSA, the days when the big digital platforms could behave as they please because of their power are over,” commented European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, on Twitter.

The new rules, which will come into force in 2024, regulate in particular advertising content aimed at children or those based on sensitive personal data, whether it is religion, sex, race or political opinions. . Rigged interfaces, which have no other purpose than to extract personal information under false pretenses are also prohibited.

(Report Foo Yun Chee; French version Nicolas Delame)

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