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Ireland Implements Digital Services Act, Establishes New Regulations for Online Platforms

Dublin: Ireland saw the enactment of the Digital Services Act (DSA), aligning with European Union standards to bolster online security. Effective immediately, companies found in breach of security laws could face fines of up to six percent of their global turnover, with provisions for EU-wide bans on persistent violators.

In anticipation of the law’s implementation, John Evans was appointed as Ireland’s digital services commissioner. Additionally, a new contact centre commenced operations on Monday, enabling the public to report concerns about online content and seek advice. The centre will also facilitate the reporting of illegal content to the appropriate regulatory bodies.

The DSA encompasses 22 major platforms and search engines, including industry giants such as Facebook, Meta, TikTok, X (formerly Twitter), and Google, with 13 of these companies headquartered in Ireland. The Irish regulator assumes a pivotal role in addressing complaints from other EU countries, with dedicated agents trained and appointed for this purpose.

The establishment of a new contact centre further underscores Ireland’s commitment to enforcing DSA regulations. Citizens can reach the centre at 01 963 7755 for assistance.

All EU member states were required to designate a ‘Digital Services Coordinator’ by February 17 to facilitate the implementation of the DSA. The media regulator confirmed the appointment of the new commissioner in accordance with these guidelines.

Under the purview of the DSA, online platforms are mandated to take more proactive measures to remove harmful content and combat the dissemination of false information. With this expanded mandate, Ireland anticipates a significant increase in regulatory responsibilities, according to the newly appointed commissioner.

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