Joint Civil Society Briefing for the Digital Services Act Trilogues

The Digital Services Act (DSA) promises greater accountability for big tech platforms and a safer and more transparent online environment for all. At the moment, the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission are negotiating the final version of the text. In a joint briefing paper compiled with 11 other civil society organizations, we define key priorities for these so-called trilogue negotiations.

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The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a crucial and welcome opportunity to hold online platforms to account and ensure a safer and more transparent online environment for all. As the Council, the Parliament, and the Commission have reached the stage of the trilogue negotiations, we urge them to ensure that the DSA has the protection of people’s fundamental rights and democracy at its core, establishing meaningful long-term accountability and scrutiny of online platforms. Key outstanding issues must be resolved in the trilogues, including EU-level enforcement, due diligence requirements, data scrutiny and tackling systemic risks related to tracking-based advertising.

As the DSA negotiations progress, we urge policymakers to prioritize the issues detailed in this briefing:

This briefing paper has been compiled by SumOfUs, Panoptykon Foundation, Global Witness, Alliance 4 Europe, Je Suis Là, Hate Aid, Amnesty International, The Signals Network, AlgorithmWatch, Defend Democracy, Avaaz and Vrijschift.

Read more on our policy & advocacy work on the Digital Services Act.

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