In January, the European Commission announced the Digital Services Act – a now package of regulations aiming to address issues such as protecting Internet user data and addressing the legal responsibilities of online platforms. As legislators aim to roll out the DSA in the final quarter of 2020, a call for feedback was announced and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”) submitted a statement.
In brief, we note that it’s important for intermediary liability regulation to be rooted in protecting core human rights, respecting due process, and promoting transparency – both in terms of corporate activity and government powers (issuing warrants, requests for information, content takedowns, etc.). We are also hopeful that policy makers would not eschew traditional due process and push for “guilty until proven innocent” frameworks that would deprive companies of the ability to legally defend their businesses from frivolous or overreaching lawsuits.
Please read our full statement below for more information, context and examples.I2Coalition-Response-to-DSA-survey-9_4