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Monday, 19 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market - Digital Services Act: adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online - Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed - Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies - Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence - Intellectual property rights for the development of artificial intelligence technologies (continuation of debate)

  Alex Agius Saliba, rapporteur. – Mr President, first of all my thanks to all the colleagues who participated in this very interesting discussion. I want to start my last intervention by quoting, as my colleague Tiemo did, the social dilemma: if you are not paying for it then you are the product. And this is the idea that we are fighting throughout our report, by increasing transparency, by increasing consumer protection – we must never treat our citizens just as simple products.

Today we are living in a world where digital services and platforms are essential in our social and economic lives. Just imagine the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on our lives without digital infrastructure and without digital industries. These digital services basically helped us to continue with our commercial and social lives. But online platforms and digital services have largely evolved during the past 20 years and therefore, as EU legislators, we need to catch up. The ideas that we are moving forward in our reports are aiming at this target. Therefore we are directly asking the Commission to be ambitious, as we were in our reports, by introducing in its proposal these concepts: know your business customer principle, and know your business customer principle not only for online marketplaces but for all digital service providers; ex ante rules for digital sectors; special responsibilities for online marketplaces to guarantee consumer safety; stricter controls on targeted advertising and the AI mechanism; and a scope that will encompass companies established outside the EU which are targeting us and targeting our consumers.

I want also to reply to a comment made by one of our colleagues and make it totally clear that our proposal is stating explicitly that what we are proposing is without prejudice to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), to copyright law and to specific legislation. I hope that the report will gain your support in tomorrow’s vote.

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