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Digital Services Act 2024


The Digital Services Act 2024 (DSA) marks a significant milestone in digital regulation, aiming to create a safer online environment while fostering innovation and competition in the Republic of Ireland. This comprehensive legislation, enacted to adapt to the evolving digital landscape, sets out rules and responsibilities for digital service providers, platforms, and online intermediaries operating within the European Union. The DSA addresses a wide range of issues, including content moderation, online advertising, and data protection, aiming to strike a balance between freedom of expression and protection of users’ rights.

The key requirements of the DSA include:

  • Due Diligence Obligations: Digital service providers must exercise due diligence to prevent their services from being used for illegal activities.
  • Transparency Requirements: Platforms must provide clear information on how content moderation decisions are made, including the use of algorithms.
  • User Safeguards: Enhanced protection for users, including transparency regarding targeted advertising and the right to challenge decisions affecting their rights.
  • Data Sharing: Improved cooperation between platforms and authorities regarding data sharing to address illegal content.
    Enforcement Measures: Introduction of fines for non-compliance and measures to ensure effective enforcement of the DSA provisions.

The Digital Services Act 2024 was passed on the 11th of February 2024 and applies to the Republic of Ireland.

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Does the DSA affect my business?

Impacts on businesses under the DSA may include:

  • Increased Compliance Burden: Businesses will need to invest in systems and processes to ensure compliance with the DSA’s due diligence and transparency requirements.
  • Algorithmic Accountability: Platforms using algorithms for content moderation or advertising will need to provide greater transparency and accountability in their operations.
  • Legal Liability: Platforms may face increased legal liability for illegal content or activities occurring on their services, necessitating stronger moderation and reporting mechanisms.
  • Market Competition: The DSA aims to create a level playing field for all digital service providers, potentially impacting market dynamics and competition.

The Digital Services Act 2024 represents a significant step towards creating a safer, more transparent digital environment. While it imposes new obligations and challenges for businesses, it also offers an opportunity to enhance user trust and promote responsible digital practices. Businesses operating within the Republic of Ireland and the EU must familiarise themselves with the DSA’s requirements and take proactive steps to ensure compliance, thereby contributing to a more secure and user-centric digital ecosystem.

Do I need the DSA in my ISO Compliance Register?

You will need the DSA in your ISO Compliance Register if your business is categorised below:

  • Online Platforms: Social media platforms, e-commerce websites, and other digital service providers operating within the EU.
  • Digital Intermediaries: Platforms that facilitate online transactions or provide hosting services for user-generated content.
  • Advertisers and Marketers: Businesses engaged in online advertising will need to comply with new transparency and user consent requirements.
  • Data Processors: Entities involved in processing user data for digital services will need to ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

Legislation related to the DSA

Legislation related to the DSA include:

More information

Visit the Digital Services Act 2024 article on the website.

Create an account in the ISO Compliance Register App and add this article to your Register.