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CDT Europe Leads Civil Society Initiative Urging LIBE Committee to Uphold Key Principles in the DSA

The Centre for Democracy & Technology (CDT) Europe, together with other leading civil society organisations, has issued a joint statement to the Members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in the European Parliament, in advance of the Committee’s deadline for tabling amendments to its draft Opinion on the Digital Services Act (DSA) on 9th June, 2021.

The statement highlights a number of key principles that need to be taken into account in order to ensure that fundamental rights and democratic principles are upheld in the final DSA regulation. In particular, the signatories urge the Members of the LIBE Committee to:

  1. Uphold the prohibition on general monitoring in practice
  2. Protect online expression of users
  3. Phase out advertising based on pervasive tracking
  4. Focus due diligence obligations on companies, not users
  5. Consider the global impact on civic space

View the full statement here. The signed parties are:

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Centre for Democracy & Technology, Europe Office
Electronic Frontier Foundation