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TAC Alliance joins industry, consumer and civil society organisations to call on effective and strong DSA obligations for online platforms against illegal activities

12 October 2021 - The Together Against Counterfeiting (TAC) Alliance co-signs a joint call with 30 business, consumer and civil society organisations for the Digital Services Act (DSA) to create effective and unambiguous rules tackling illegal activities and rogue traders.

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The Together Against Counterfeiting (TAC) Alliance co-signs a joint call with 30 business, consumer and civil society organisations for the Digital Services Act (DSA) to create effective and unambiguous rules tackling illegal activities and rogue traders.

Hosting services, such as online platforms that are consumer facing, are now a part of the everyday life of consumers and professional customers shopping for products and services online. These include traditional marketplace services and social media networks that allow traders to show ads to consumers and once consumers click on an ad, it takes them to another site, or it allows consumers to purchase products directly on their social media networks. Whilst these services can improve consumer and business choice, they also open a backdoor for traders who do not play by the EU’s rules.

The undersigned organisations therefore call on EU policy-makers to prevent online platforms that facilitate the initiation of transactions between traders and end-users from easily escaping liability. They call for effective and unambiguous obligations in the DSA, including a know-your-business-customer obligation, and an obligation to conduct random mystery shopping exercises and visual inspections of products and services.

Read the joint call: DSA Joint industry-NGO statement.

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The Together Against Counterfeiting (TAC) Alliance brings together almost 100 companies from all industrial sectors, with the support of over 20 trade associations and NGOs. Our purpose is to raise awareness about the impact of the worrying growth of counterfeiting and push for the adoption of immediate, horizontal and ambitious legislative solutions at European level.

Learn more about us: www.tacalliance.eu

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