Brussels, 14/12/2020 – Proposal for future rules for the Internet shall be proposed by the European Commission tomorrow. The Digital Services Act (DSA) shall affect social networks, e-commerce platforms, file hosting, or file-sharing services. According to Vice-President of the European Parliament Marcel Kolaja, we must ensure that the future rules will not damage fundamental rights.
“My position is clear: I want the Internet to be human-centered and future rules to protect fundamental rights. In practice, that means ensuring strong encryption, safeguards for fundamental rights, giving people the possibility to stay anonymous online, and banning non-consensual micro-targeting and behavioral advertisement,” says Kolaja.
Earlier this year, the European Parliament already clarified its position on the issue. It also consisted of a notice-and-action mechanism, which should provide people with an easy way to seek remedy if needed.
“Most importantly, a no monitoring obligation principle needs to be maintained. Upload filters would undermine fundamental rights. User freedom has to be at the top of our minds when we create new legislation,” concludes Kolaja.
After its release, the proposal shall be amended in the Parliament and in the Council level. The legislative process is expected to take several years.