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From:                                 Berfin Eken
Sent:                                  Fri, 8 Oct 2021 14:08:11 +0200
To:                                      I Registrator
Subject:                             VB: Follow-up DSA discussion with Marita - Snapchat
Attachments:                   Snap position on the DSA.pdf, DSA risk-based approach VLOPs_071021.docx
Categories:                       SW
Från: Laura Seritti <> 
Skickat: den 7 oktober 2021 11:19
Till: Berfin Eken <xxxxxx.xxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>
Kopia: Marita Ljunggren <xxxxxx.xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xx>; Jean Gonie <>
Ämne: Follow-up DSA discussion with Marita - Snapchat
Dear Berfin, 
My name is Laura and I recently joined Snapchat to look after EU policy and regulatory matters 
in Brussels. 
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Marita and having a good exchange about the DSA. At 
the end of our discussion, she kindly referred me to you as she thought our ideas would be of 
In a nutshell, we believe that the DSA should take a more proportionate and risk-based 
 to identify VLOPs (art. 25). Stringent VLOP obligations exist to address systemic 
risks for society and consumers. However, the DSA currently identifies VLOPs solely on the 
basis of a single and arbitrary (eg. no explanation in the IA) quantitative criterion, ie. the 45 
ml users. Such a low threshold is easily met by a large number of medium sized platforms
from Europe and elsewhere, that don’t cause any wide scale harm. User numbers alone do not 
imply systemic risk. By assuming that beyond a certain number of users all platforms generate 
the same type and scale of harm, the current approach is likely to create disproportionate 
unnecessary burdens
 on many non-problematic platforms and possibly jeopardise their 
future ability to compete, grow and innovate in the EU digital single market.  
We therefore propose an approach whereby platforms meeting the user threshold would qualify 
as VLOPs only if they can create systemic risk
. This could be assessed by the DSC, as part 
of the VLOP designation procedure, based on a number of additional qualitative criteria. I 
enclose our ideas about how this could be achieved with a few targeted language 
 on art. 25. 
Please let us know whether you could be available for a follow-up discussion in the incoming weeks. We 
would greatly appreciate the opportunity to share with you in more detail our ideas and 
challenger's perspective on the file, as well as to hear your thoughts on this.  
We thank you in advance for your kind consideration and look forward to hearing from you. 
Best regards 

Head of Public Policy, Brussels 
mobile: + 32 485 89 19 25 
Snapchat: laura_seri21