The EU Commission proposes legislation to overhaul regulation of digital platforms in the EU

On 15 December the European Commission announced far-reaching proposals for regulation of the digital sector in the form of a Digital Services Act (DSA) and a Digital Markets Act (DMA). In summary the DSA contains new rules including on illegal content and transparency. It applies to all online platforms, with additional rules for “very large platforms” the DMA contains ex-ante rules that “gatekeeper” platforms must follow to prevent them “imposing unfair conditions on businesses and consumers and at ensuring the openness of important digital services” These are legislative proposals – they now pass to the European Council and European Parliament for debate, amendment and adoption into law. The Commission does not expect them to come into force until the end of 2022. Culmination of

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

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Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Stephen Wisking, Peter Rowland, Camille Puech-Baron, The EU Commission proposes legislation to overhaul regulation of digital platforms in the EU, 15 December 2020, e-Competitions Privacy and antitrust, Art. N° 98481

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