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The European Union is taking a big step forward in protecting its citizens online with the introduction of the Digital Services Act (DSA) today. This law requires internet service providers and online services to combat harmful content. Tech giants such as Apple and Google are now joined by smaller companies under this legislation.

Why you need to know this:

There is a lot of harmful content online. The new act requires companies to take responsibility for the safety of online users.

With potentially heavy fines of up to 6 per cent of annual turnover, the Consumer & Market Authority is tightening its grip on compliance with this new standard for a safer internet. This is now applicable to a wider spectrum of online services, such as online shops, social media platforms and search engines. he Consumer & Market Authority (ACM) will oversee the enforcement of this legislation.

Enhanced supervision

Internet service providers and web hosting companies now also have a responsibility to take active action against the distribution of harmful content. Moreover, they must clearly inform users on how to delete their personal data or user accounts.

According to the Chamber of Commerce (KVK), websites such as Bol and Marktplaats need to collect more detailed information about traders offering products or services through their platform.

Impact on the digital landscape

Consumers can feel better protected by the DSA when operating online. Trust in digital services is expected to increase, which is crucial for the further development and growth of the digital economy in the European Union.