On Thursday 25 February experts from across our international network, covering a variety of practices and sectors (including competition, data, media and digital technology), took part in a live panel session to discuss the proposed Digital Services Act (“DSA”) and Digital Markets Act (“DMA”).

The DSA and DMA legislative package was published on 15 December 2020 by the European Commission. The package is a turning point for regulation of the online environment both within the European Union and beyond. It sets out a raft of new obligations on digital service providers (as well as reinforcing existing obligations) and introduces significant fines for non-compliance, pushing greater onus on the major tech companies to take responsibility for their role in relation to the internet and the digital ecosystem at large.

Members of our Digital TMT & Data team (Hayley Brady, Miriam Everett, James Balfour and Jeremy Purton) joined with Competition, Regulatory and Trade experts from our Brussels, London and Düsseldorf offices (Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Peter Rowland, Veronica Roberts, Marcel Nuys and Anne Eckenroth) for the live panel session.

The discussion focused on:

  • the contextual background to the European Commission’s proposals and likely next steps as the legislation continues its journey through the legislation procedures;
  • what the regulatory package is likely to mean for stakeholders at all levels of the digital value chain; and
  • some of the related developments at a national level in respect of the UK and Germany.

This live panel session will kick-start a series of sessions and content on the DSA and DMA, with future content focussing in detail on further aspects of the legislative package. A live poll carried out as part of the session highlighted that there was particular interest in further content on (i) liability of online intermediaries for illegal and harmful content; (ii) rules in relation to advertising and associated data protection considerations; and (iii) risk management and data sharing obligations for very large platforms.

A recording of the session can be accessed here and you can read further commentary on the DSA in our blog post here and on the DMA in our blog post here.

The event coincided with the relaunch on Ceros of our Horizon Scanning Digital Regulation Timeline to help clients keep up to date with digital regulatory developments across the UK and EU.

For further information please contact Hayley Brady, Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Peter Rowland or James Balfour.

 

Hayley Brady
Hayley Brady
Partner
+44 20 7466 2079

Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Partner
+32 2 518 1840

Peter Rowland
Peter Rowland
Of Counsel
+32 2 518 1847

James Balfour
James Balfour
Senior Associate
+44 20 7466 7582