Tech view: New EU digital laws will have Big Tech in their sights

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s €450,000 fine against Twitter failed to have much impact, but two new acts are more likely to have tech companies worried

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
18th December, 2020
Tech view: New EU digital laws will have Big Tech in their sights
Helen Dixon issued Twitter with a €450,000 penalty. Picture: Maura Hickey

After the limp €450,000 penalty issued by Helen Dixon, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), to Twitter this week, it was easy to be somewhat underwhelmed by the European Union’s subsequent announcements of both the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA).

These are not the same as the general data protection regulation (GDPR) – for better and, potentially, worse – and should not be viewed similarly to the relatively lightly...

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