The EU’s recent crackdown on big tech is taking shape. The bloc yesterday released a list of companies that must comply the strictest rules of the landmark Digital Services Act (DSA).
The 17 platforms and two search engines Reach at least 45 million monthly active users. All have four months to fulfill all obligations of the DSA.
Services are now committed to mitigating their systemic risks and establishing robust content moderation (i.e. you, Elon). They range from banning ads targeting sensitive user data to specific risk assessments for mental health effects. vViolations can be punished with fines of up to 6% of a company’s worldwide turnover.
According to the EU, the new rules apply were designed to empower and protect people online.
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“The whole logic of our rules is to ensure that technology serves the people and the societies we live in – not the other way around,” said Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president for a Europe fit for the digital age is prepared.
“The Digital Services Act will create meaningful transparency and accountability from platforms and search engines, giving consumers more control over their online lives. The appointments made today are a major step forward in achieving this.”
Here are the 19 named services:
The online platforms:
- Alibaba AliExpress
- Amazon store
- Apple App Store
- google play
- Google Maps
- Google shopping
- tick tock
The search engines:
The judgments are another milestone in the EU’s mission to be the global leader in technical regulation. That doesn’t mean the union is marking the moment with a chilling pun, however.
“Today is D(SA)-Day for digital regulation,” said Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. “The countdown is on for 19 very large online platforms and search engines to fully comply with the specific obligations imposed on them by the Digital Services Act.”
To you, technology barons.