The Digital Services Act (DSA) - An Overview

21 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2022 Last revised: 9 Jan 2023

Date Written: December 16, 2022


This paper gives an overview of the recently adopted Digital Services Act (DSA). The new regulation sets out rules applicable to online services that involve the transmission and storage of information provided by the users of those services, such as video sharing platforms, online marketplaces, blogging websites, social media and internet access services. The DSA aims to better tackle illegal content disseminated through such ‘intermediary services’ and to facilitate innovation, but it especially seeks to better protect users in their relationship with the providers of these important services. As such, it seeks to fairly balance the different, often conflicting, fundamental rights of the parties concerned. The DSA provides a new and comprehensive general framework for the provision of intermediary services in the EU. Especially given that it contains a number of innovative and broadly worded arrangements and will only become fully applicable in February 2024, the precise practical effects of the new rules will only become clear over time. There can be no doubt, however, that the impact will be significant.

Keywords: Digital Services Act (DSA), e-Commerce Directive, intermediary services, illegal content, fundamental rights, Charter

Suggested Citation

Wilman, Folkert, The Digital Services Act (DSA) - An Overview (December 16, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Folkert Wilman (Contact Author)

European Commission ( email )


Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics