In July 2022, the European Parliament passed the Digital Services Act (DSA) requiring digital platforms to meet comprehensive benchmarks for online safety.
The DSA sets continent-wide safety standards for online businesses and services to ensure a safe user experience and provide effective ways to report illegal activity. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Any organization with an online presence in the European Union (EU) must be compliant by that point.
The Digital Services Act applies to all organizations who do business or provide services via the Internet in EU member states. The law refers to them with the catch-all term “digital services.”
Simply put: If you want your website or app to load for users in Europe, you must comply with the DSA or face fines up to 6% of your annual company revenue.
In a nutshell, the DSA mandates the following from online platforms:
The Digital Services Act will become law on January 1, 2024. Companies that haven’t complied by that time will be fined up to 6% of their annual global revenue.
There is no “one size fits all” solution for Trust & Safety since online platforms vary widely in their intended purpose and target audience.
Fortunately, Spectrum Labs offers fully customizable options for tailoring content moderation to different behavioral thresholds and establishing an efficient workflow to comply with DSA requirements.
All in all, Spectrum Labs combines the most advanced Contextual A.I. detection with enterprise-scale solutions, all powered by the speed of an EU-based data center and backed by a performance guarantee from Munich Re.
Our team’s hands-on expertise in deploying Trust & Safety technology will ensure that your platform fulfills DSA requirements.
Download our Spectrum Labs solution guide: European Union DSA Compliance
The DSA is intertwined with local laws and other regional laws across the EU. It’s vital to check and make sure your organization complies with any other relevant regulations.
A few key examples include:
Legal regulations are a constantly changing landscape. The Spectrum Labs team will periodically update this post with any new information about how Europe’s DSA may affect your business.
While we intend to be helpful, we do not intend to be the final word on legal matters – so please don’t take this post as definitive legal advice! Be sure to review all relevant laws with your own legal counsel to determine how these regulations pertain to your company’s specific needs.