Austria: EU Commission, Council and Parliament reach a political agreement on Digital Services Act containing a dark pattern prohibition

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EU Commission, Council and Parliament reach a political agreement on Digital Services Act containing a dark pattern prohibition

The Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA). The proposed DSA's major goal is to protect consumers against illicit content or services while still protecting their basic rights online. The agreement confirmed the prohibition of the so-called "dark patterns". This means that online intermediary services are prohibited from nudging users and distorting their choices or decision-making autonomy via the structure, design or functionalities of an online interface. The agreement is now subject to approval by the European Council and the European Parliament.

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Policy Area
Other operating condition
Policy Instrument
Algorithm design and technical standards
Regulated Economic Activity
cross-cutting
Implementation Level
supranational
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
central government

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2022-01-20
under deliberation

On 20 January 2022, the European Parliament agreed on their position on the Digital Services Act, p…

2022-04-23
under deliberation

The Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission reached a provisional ag…

2022-07-05
under deliberation

On 5 July 2022, the European Parliament passed the regulation on a Single Market For Digital Servic…

2022-10-04
adopted

On 4 October 2022, the Council of the European Union gave final approval to the regulation on a Sin…