EU introduces Digital Services Act to protect consumer rights


The EU Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA). This law protects consumers from the power of tech companies such as Google and Meta. You need to know this.

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Digital Services Act must combat disinformation

The Digital Services Act is likely to come into effect in 2024. It contains measures that protect the rights of European citizens online. For example, there will be a clear policy for combating illegal content. For example, if Meta suspends your Facebook account, it should explain exactly why that’s happening. The policy will also ensure that social networks will contain less disinformation in the future. The hope is that this will make them a safer place for consumers.

In addition, companies such as Google must be more transparent about the algorithms they use to offer personalized advertising, for example. That remains allowed, but showing advertisements based on health, religion or sexual orientation is prohibited. The same goes for advertising aimed at children.

In exceptional circumstances, the EU will soon ask for additional measures. For example, Facebook would have to temporarily tinker with its algorithms to prevent war propaganda from being widely distributed.

Companies that violate the Digital Services Act can be fined up to 6 percent of their annual turnover. If they fail repeatedly, these companies can even be denied access to the European market.

Second tech law after Digital Markets Act

The Digital Services Act is the EU’s second major tech law to pass in a short period of time. Last month, an agreement was reached on the Digital Markets Act. This should ensure more competition and freedom of choice. For example, he obliges Apple to let consumers install apps outside the App Store. Services such as WhatsApp and Signal should also soon be able to work together. It is then possible to send a message from one app to another.


Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.

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