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After the Digital Markets Acts, the European Parliament votes the Digital Services Act

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Just over a month after approving the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the European Parliament today did the same for the Digital Services Act (DSA). And largely: 530 votes for, 78 against and 80 abstentions.

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If the DMA contains measures aimed at regulating the commercial practices of large digital companies (for example by imposing measures such as sideloading hated by Apple), the DSA is interested in illegal content. The text defines the responsibilities and obligations of platforms, whether social networks or marketplaces.

It is about fighting against the harmful content (not necessarily illegal) as well as the spread of misinformation. The proposal includes, among other things, provisions on risk assessment and mitigation measures, as well as independent audits and transparency of algorithms. A major technical project is therefore to be planned for the services concerned.

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The DSA also contains devices to improve the transparency of targeted advertising (information on how data is monetized), to combat “dark patterns” or “rigged interfaces” that deceive the user, or to impose on platforms to provide at least one recommendation system that is not based on profiling.

It is now up to France, which is presiding over the European Union during this first semester, to put the DSA and the DMA to music, by discussing with the Parliament and the Council which brings together the Member States (trilogue). An agreement could be reached during the French presidency.

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Meanwhile, in the United States, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act is going to be discussed in the Senate. If the text were to be voted on as it stands, it would imply the authorization of sideloading on the iPhone, but Apple is up against this law. Tim Cook is even personally at work.

Apple does not want to be forced to

Apple does not want to be forced to allow sideloading in the United States

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