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The Digital Services Act (DSA), came into force. on 16 November 2022 with a compliance deadline of 17 February 2024 (with earlier deadlines for the largest market players). However, all online platforms must publish the number of average monthly active recipients of their service by 17 February 2023. The DSA categorises services as intermediary services, online platforms, search engines, very large online platforms and very large search engines, with tiered obligations focusing on content moderation,…

Today marks one month until the 17 February deadline for publishing EU user numbers (or Monthly Active Recipients (“MARs”)) under the Digital Services Act (“DSA”). This applies to online platforms of all sizes that host and disseminate user content, not just “VLOPs”, and the disclosure must be made on a public-facing part of the platform’s interface/website (following art 24(2) DSA). Calculating MARs can be a tricky and lengthy process, complicated by a distinct lack of…

Vietnam has just released today a long-awaited Decree No. 71/2022/ND-CP amending and supplementing Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP on the Management, Provision and Use of Radio and Television Services (“Decree 71”). Decree 71 will take effect as of 01 January 2023, the same effective date as the 2022 Cinema Law. In summary, compared with the latest draft version in July 2022, the MIC only made some slight updates to the wording of Decree 71. Salient issues under…

Just over two years since the coming in to force of the Platform to Business Regulation (P2B), we take another look at developments in relation to enforcement action in key EU Member States and the UK. The past year has seen a notable increase in activity in Italy in particular, as well as several instances of enforcement in France and Germany. We also understand that competent authorities in several EU Member States are working on…

To enhance the efficiency of services provided by the government sector through electronic means, the Draft Electronic Performance of Administrative Functions Act B.E. …. (“Draft EAA”) has recently been approved by the Thai Parliament. The Draft EAA, which is currently pending publication in the Royal Gazette, aims to facilitate the performance of state agencies via electronic methods as the main approach. To whom will the Draft EAA apply? All state agencies, including ministries and departments,…

Following President Xi Jinping’s announcement that China would seek to join the newly-created Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (“DEPA”) at the 2021 G20 Summit in Rome, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) formally applied for China to join the agreement on November 1, 2021. The DEPA, which is described as the first trade agreement to target the digital economy, has been entered into by New Zealand, Singapore, and Chile. It contains 16 articles covering provisions on facilitating…

Baker McKenzie’s TMT Looking Ahead 2022 five-part series explores key themes, offers timely insights, and lays out recommendations for technology, media and telecommunication (TMT) companies looking to navigate the latest industry developments. Topics covered include tech regulation and compliance, tech M&A, interactive entertainment, 5G and TMT as the driver of change. Report 5: TMT Industry as the Driver of Change TMT companies are often the first to develop innovative solutions and to face increasingly sophisticated regulation of…

This article articulates a few more updates on the draft decree amending Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP on the management, provision and use of radio and television services (“Draft Decree 06”) in Vietnam. Specifically, following the approval of Vietnam’s New Cinema Law and to keep consistency with provisions on the dissemination of films in cyberspace herein, the Ministry of Information and Communications is now working on Draft Decree 06. Below are noteworthy summaries reflecting the latest development…

Metaverse is one of the hottest buzzwords in technology today. Given its potential impact on both the real and virtual worlds, developments are being made to accommodate this new technology in multiple facets globally. Particularly, countries in Asia are experiencing strong incentives for the initial exploitation of the Metaverse. For example, investments in Thailand relating to the Metaverse are seen both in the public and private sectors. These investments involve many traditional companies, such as…