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Press Release: Digital Services Act Approved by Key EU Committee: Still a Long Road Ahead

(BRUSSELS) — After weeks of intense negotiation, the European Parliament Internal Market Committee (IMCO) voted in favour of the consolidated text of the Digital Services Act (DSA), paving the way for the full European Parliament to adopt the legislation’s final text in July.

Asha Allen, Centre for Democracy & Technology (CDT) Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression & Civic Space, said:

“We welcome this historic step towards a platform governance model that could protect human rights and democracy in Europe and beyond.

The negotiators made clear headway by bolstering obligations that increase transparency and public scrutiny on content moderation practices, provide users with increased control and protections against systemic risks to their rights, and that aim to centre the preservation of fundamental rights. If implemented well, these provisions could make the DSA a true game-changer for human rights online.

Serious questions remain, however, about how the DSA will be effectively and practically implemented and enforced.