New regulations containing changes to the rules concerning illegal content and holding operators accountable for its use have been adopted by the European Parliament. During the final vote, 530 deputies supported the introduction of amendments, 80 abstained and 78 did not support the initiative. The parliamentarians plan to finally introduce the Digital Services Act (DSA), a tool for creating a safer and more reliable online environment.
The new rules have already been supported by a representative of European Lotteries (EL). Commenting on the result of the vote, Aryan van ‘t Veer, General Secretary of EL, said: “The European Lottery Team firmly believes in the need for a high level of consumer protection and is fully committed to combating illegal gambling on the Internet.”
He also added: “The DSA provides a number of new provisions that may be useful for achieving this goal. EL hopes that an improved control mechanism and enhanced consumer protection tools will soon be available to us.”
The DSA is a future EU regulation that aims to create a more secure digital space. According to the terms of the document, the rights of users will be protected by rules to combat illegal products, services or content on the Internet. It will also increase the accountability and transparency of online product algorithms, introduce content moderation.
After the announcement of the proposal to introduce DSA by the European Commission in December 2020, the EU member states adopted a general positive decision in November last year. At the same time, it was the European Lotteries company that called on the EU Council before the meeting to exclude from the DSA a direct mention of online gambling and sports betting.
After the vote, Member of the European Parliament Kristel Shaldemose, who heads the negotiating group, said: “Today’s vote shows that MEPs and EU citizens want to strengthen regulation in the digital sphere. A lot has changed in the 20 years since we adopted the e-commerce directive.”
She also said, “Online platforms are becoming increasingly important to our daily lives, offering new opportunities, but also new risks. We have an obligation to make sure that what is illegal for land-based businesses is also illegal on the Internet. We must ensure the introduction of digital rules for the benefit of consumers.”
It is reported that the adopted amendments include the possibility of “more transparent and informed choice” for recipients of digital services, a ban on the use of targeted advertising methods in relation to minors, as well as targeting vulnerable groups of the population.
We remind that Armenia intends to tighten the advertising of online gambling again.