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The Digital Services Act (DSA) proposed by the European Commission on 15th December 2020, aims to provide consumers with greater protection against online illegal content, clarifying the liability rules that apply to intermediaries and ensuring a coherent approach at EU level across this area of the law.

Bite-Size Webinar Series and Blog

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Watch our international technology, outsourcing and privacy experts for the DSA bite-size series, where they tackled the DSA proposal, analysed what the changes mean to your business and offered practical advice on how to prepare for the changes. 

The series focuses on the following key areas:

DSA bite-size session 1 – Background and introduction

We focused on the background context of the DSA proposal, and identified gaps which the DSA proposals seeks to tackle. It provided an overview of the main changes, providing context for the following sessions.

A recording of the session is available to view here

DSA bite-size session 2 – Broader scope for intermediary services

We focused on the scope of the DSA proposal and identified the providers covered by this new regime, as well as analysed the major difference in scope with regards to the e-Commerce Directive and the UK position.

DSA bite-size session 3 -  The liability exemptions and the 'notice and action' mechanism

You will learn how the DSA intends to modernise and improve the different liability exemptions that are currently included in the e-Commerce Directive and where legal uncertainties arise from new definitions such as 'platforms' . In addition, we covered the revamped 'notice and action' mechanism which detailed the obligations for hosting service providers in relation to illegal content.

A recording of the session is available to view here

DSA bite-size session 4 -  The due diligence obligations

We covered due diligence and transparency obligations on intermediary services, hosting providers and online platforms, including "very large online platforms".

A recording of the session is available to view here

DSA bite-size session 5 – Enforcement

In this session, you will learn what the proposed new sanction regime will be and how the enforcement role is split between national regulators and the European Commission.

A recording of the session is available to  view here

Each session lasted 30 minutes and included the opportunity for  questions to be asked directly to each of our speakers.