March 11, 2021

BRUSSELS – Today, global tech trade association ITI published its position on the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA) that will update European internet rules.

“We welcome the DSA’s continued commitment to liability safeguards and the clear differentiated approach between harmful and illegal content as this will help create a more secure and transparent online space for all,” said Guido Lobrano, ITI’s Vice President of Policy and Director General for Europe. “To address remaining concerns, we recommend an approach that combines regulatory scrutiny with appropriate rights and obligations for all actors in the internet ecosystem. Differentiating between very large online platforms (VLOPs) and others is the right approach, so long as requirements remain proportionate.”

ITI also noted in its comments that crucial methodologies for application of criteria and development of codes of conduct should be specified in the law and not be left to delegated acts that would leave no opportunities for stakeholders to input to the process. Overall, the proposal will enhance transparency in the online ecosystem and provide pathways to reduce illegal content through harmonized notice-and-action mechanisms.

ITI also welcomed proposed initiatives such as the trusted flagger schemes as viable opportunities to enhance removal of illegal content online. It also noted that the proposed enforcement framework also needs to provide clear procedures and safeguards for companies.

Read ITI's detailed position here.

Public Policy Tags: Internet Governance, Data & Privacy