As part of the implementation of the Digital Services Act, the EU Commission run a consultation on data access for research. The Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology" (PGMT) made a joint submission in response to the Call for Evidence of the European Commission on the Delegated Regulation on data access provided for in the Digital Services Act (DSA), led by PGMT Postdoc Dr. Daria Dergacheva with PGMT director Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach and colleagues Sebastian Felix Schwemer, Head of Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), University of Copenhagen, and João Pedro Quintais, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam.
This feedback was based on individual research, as well as the joint research in the context of the Horizon 2020 ReCreating Europe project, where them conducted research on the impact of copyright content moderation by online platforms.
Article 40 DSA is a crucial provision to operationalize the regulation’s risk mitigation provisions vis-a-vis very large online platforms (VLOPs) and very large search engines (VLOSEs). In essence, Article 40 DSA enables data access to Digital Services Coordinators (DSCs) or the Commission, “vetted researchers” and other researchers, provided certain conditions are met. This submission is predominantly concerned with the data access for vetted researchers and researchers in relation to VLOPs.
The submission on Improving Data Access for Researchers in the Digital Services Act is also available on SSRN.