European Commission launches consultation to seek views on Digital Services Act package

The EU launched a public consultation on the Digital Services Act, a package to strengthen the Single Market for digital services, and foster innovation and competitiveness of the European online environment. The consultation, which is open until 8 September 2020, aims to collect views, evidence, and data from different stakeholders, including academia, civil society, private sector, and individuals. It further tackles issues related to safety online, freedom of expression, fairness, and a level-playing field in the digital economy. European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager noted  ‘the Internet presents citizens and businesses with great opportunities, which they balance against risks that come with working and interacting online. At this time, we are asking for the views of interested citizens and stakeholders on how to make a modern regulatory framework for digital services and online platforms in the EU. Many of these questions impact the day-to-day lives of citizens and we are committing to build a safe and innovative digital future with purpose for them.’