Digital Services Act: Timeline
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by Karina
1M ago
On 19 December 2022, the Commissioner for Internal Market of the EU published an update on the date that very large online platforms (VLOPs) and very large online search engines (VLOSEs) will be required to comply with the provisions on the Digital Services Act (DSA) by. The Commissioner noted that VLOPs / VLOSEs will be required to comply with the new rules by no later than 1 September 2023. To meet the deadline the Commission would need to designate VLOPs and VLOSEs by 28 April 2023. Based on this update the current timeline of the DSA application is as on the graphic below. The DSA entered ..read more
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Online Safety & Media Regulation Bill 2022 signed into law
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by Amaia
1M ago
The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill 2022 was signed into law on Saturday, 10 December 2022. Online safety is one of the headline items covered by the new legislation, and it will be overseen by the newly-established Media Commission (Coimisiún na Meán). The legislation also seeks to implement a number of other key legislative reforms including the transposition of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the alignment of the regulation of video on-demand services with traditional broadcasting (please see here for an overview of the OSMR Bill published earlier this year ..read more
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Digital Services Act published in EU’s Official Journal
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by Caitriona
3M ago
The Digital Services Act (DSA) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union today. It will enter into force on 16 November 2022, i.e. 20 days from the date of publication in the Official Journal. Who will be affected? The DSA will apply to a range of providers of digital “intermediary services” (which will include mere conduit services, caching services and hosting services), where such services are offered to natural or legal person recipients that are established or located in the EU. Broadly, the obligations set out in the DSA are proportionate to the scale of the user base o ..read more
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Update on the Electoral Reform Act 2022
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by Claire Bulman
3M ago
 Update on the Electoral Reform Act 2022 The Electoral Reform Act 2022 (the Act), brings about significant changes to the electoral system in Ireland. From the perspective of online platforms, Part 4 and Part 5 will be of key importance as they impose new obligations on platform providers to (i) ensure transparency in respect of online political advertising on their services; and (ii) to notify/take action in respect of dis/misinformation relating to online electoral processes on their services. While the Act was signed into law on 25 July 2022, only certain sections of the Act have been ..read more
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Digital Services Act Update
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by Caitriona
3M ago
The Digital Services Act (DSA), a major EU regulation for online content, was signed into law yesterday. The DSA together with the Digital Markets Act (the DMA) form part of an EU legislative strategy that seeks to create a level playing field for both big and small businesses in the digital world, create a harmonized approach to doing business online and to create a safer environment for users online. What ‘s new More particularly, the DSA aims to achieve the following objectives: Establish a powerful transparency and accountability framework for internet intermediaries: The DSA will hold i ..read more
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Another Step Closer to a Unified EU Patent Court
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by Sarah
1y ago
We reported last year that the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) were progressing. The main hurdle to clear was sufficient countries ratifying the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PAP-Protocol) of the UPC Agreement to allow the provisional application period (PAP) to begin. On 27 September 2021 Germany ratified the PAP-Protocol and on 15 October 2021 Slovenia ratified the PAP-Protocol. The PAP-Protocol has entered into force The Preparatory Committee announced on 19 January 2022 the deposit by Austria of its ratification of the PAP-Protocol of the UPC Agreement. This was th ..read more
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Online Safety & Media Regulation Bill 2022
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by John Cahir
1y ago
The Government has published the long anticipated Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill 2022 which it has hailed as a “watershed moment as we move from self-regulation to an era of accountability in online safety”. Online safety is one of the headline items, and it will be overseen by the newly-established Media Commission (Coimisiún na Meán). The Bill also seeks to implement a number of other key legislative reforms including the transposition of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the alignment of the regulation of video on-demand services with traditional broadcasting. Th ..read more
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New Deal for EU Consumers- the Omnibus Directive explained
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by Emma Creaven
1y ago
The new Enforcement and Modernisation Directive 2019/2161, more commonly known as the ‘Omnibus Directive’ (the Directive), aims to strengthen consumer rights through enhanced enforcement measures and increased transparency requirements. Key dates EU Member States must adopt national implementation measures by 28 November 2021. The new requirements set out in the Directive must then come into force by 28 May 2022. Who the Directive applies to Those engaged in online business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions as well as companies offering digital services to consumers where payment by the consumers ..read more
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Old EU SCCs now repealed
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by Davinia Brennan
1y ago
When the European Commission adopted the new EU Standard Contractual Clauses (new SCCs) for international data transfers earlier this year, we highlighted 3 key dates to be aware of.  As one of those dates –  27 September 2021 –  has now passed, its timely to remind ourselves why those dates are important. 27 June 2021 From this date the new EU SCCs could be used by companies transferring data from EEA to non-EEA countries. 27 September 2021 From this date the old EU SCCs (based on European Commission Implementing decisions (2001/497/EC) and (2010/87/EU)) were repealed. This ..read more
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Government publishes legislation programme for Autumn 2021
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by Davinia Brennan
1y ago
The Government has published its legislation programme for Autumn 2021. We have set out below the status of key Bills of relevance to the data protection, commercial and technology sector. Priority legislation for publication and drafting this Autumn Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Bill – This Bill will provide for the establishment of a multi-person Media Commission (including an Online Safety Commissioner), the dissolution of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, a regulatory framework to tackle the spread of harmful online content, and implementation of the r ..read more
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