At his hearing before the European Parliament, the new European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Thierry Breton, committed not to question or modify the limited liability that digital services companies have over content posted on their platforms [more].
- The new European Commission took office under the lead of Ursula von der Leyen as President. Her mandate’s priorities, as stated in the released Political Guidelines, include a new Digital Services Act to increase Europe’s liability and safety rules for digital platforms. [more].
- The company weighed in the debate by publishing a white paper presented a new regulatory framework in governing online content that strikes the balance in minimizing harm and upholding freedom of speech [more].
According to Politico, Mark Zuckerberg met with Margrethe Vestager and Věra Jourová, Vice Presidents of the European Commission, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, on 17 February. Jourová stated: “Facebook cannot push away all the responsibility” [more].
- President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the need for more transparency in social media in the op-ed Shaping Europe’s digital future: “Big commercial digital players must accept their responsibility, including by letting Europeans access the data they collect.” [more].
- In order to collect opinions on a strategy for data, the European Commission has opened a public consultation until May 31, 2020. The idea of the strategy is to create a single European data space and facilitate access to information to boost growth and create value [more].
19.02.2020: The European Commission (EC) launched a consultation on White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI)Until May 31, 2020 all relevant stakeholders may provide their opinion on a White Paper on AI. The White Paper proposes measures to streamline research and increase investment into AI. Moreover, it suggests options for EU regulatory frameworks in this field [more].
- Vice-president Jourová meets Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook and Google in a meeting to discuss the
challenge of disinformation and COVID-19. Jourová leads the commission’s work on transparency and
- Following up on her meeting in the beginning of the month, Jourová meet with big corporations such
as Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Google to discuss the challenge that
disinformation poses during COVID-19 outbreak. [more]
- The European Parliaments Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
publishes a draft report with recommendations to the Commission on the DSA about the functioning
of the Single Market. [more]
- To support a gradual lifting of the confinement measures following the COVID-19 outbreak, the
member states and the EU Commission has developed a toolbox for the use of mobile applications
for contact tracing and warning of citizens. [more]
22.04.2020: The Committee on Legal Affairs publishes a draft report to the Commission on Digital Services Act
This report provides recommendations on adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online. [more]
27.04.2020: The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs publishes a draft report on fundamental rights issues posed by the Digital Services Act
This report aims to provide input on the elements which should be included in the DSA from a fundamental rights and data protection perspective. [more]
Agenda: 1) DSA: “Improving the functioning of the Single Market” and 2) DSA: “Adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online”. [more]