On 15 Dec 2020, the European Commission released a draft of the Digital Services Act (DSA), which will modernize the backbone of the EU’s Internet legislation—the e-Commerce Directive. The DSA proposes new responsibilities and rules for how Facebook, Amazon, and other companies that host content handle and make decisions about billions of users’ posts, comments, messages, photos, and videos. This could be an unparalleled opportunity to reinvigorate principles like transparency, openness, and informational self-determination and EFF has introduced a set of EU policy principles that should guide the reform process.
Our initial assessment concluded that the DSA is a mixed bag with some promising proposals. In our "Recommendations for the EU Parliament and Council", we take a closer look at the substance of the DSA proposal and propose concrete suggestions for improvements.