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From:                                 Berfin Eken
Sent:                                  Mon, 4 Oct 2021 13:34:37 +0200
To:                                      I Registrator
Subject:                             VB: EU Digital Services Act
Categories:                       LWi
Från: Eleanor Flanagan <xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx> 
Skickat: den 1 oktober 2021 14:39
Till: Berfin Eken <xxxxxx.xxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>
Kopia: Marcus Boklund <xxxxxx.xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>; xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx; 
xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx; Helene Engellau 
<xxxxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>
Ämne: Re: EU Digital Services Act
 
Hi Berfin,
Coming back to you on this and as we discussed separately, we provide below some initial remarks on 
the DSA. 
We will be very happy to explain Spotify's position in more detail on our call on Monday. Of course, we 
are also very interested in understanding your priorities for the legislation.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to our discussion.
Best regards,
Eleanor
 The DSA will apply in part to our service, namely to some of our podcasts that are uploaded by 
individual creators. In this context, we very much support the goals of the DSA to clarify what 
platforms need to do to address illegal content and to harmonise the rules at the EU level. We 
also welcome the preservation of the core principles of the e-Commerce Directive, notably COO 
enforcement. 
 However, we are concerned that the number and scope of the proposed obligations will 
disproportionately affect medium-sized European platforms, at a time when they should be 
focused on international growth and innovation. We believe that certain changes to the DSA are 
needed in order to ensure the legislation is proportionate and manageable for the wide array of 
businesses to which it will apply. This will help to ensure that platforms' resources are focused 
on the key issue at hand, i.e. addressing illegal content that harms consumers and society at 
large. 
 We are particularly worried about the proposed approach to identify Very Large Online 
Platforms (Art.25), which is based on a simple user threshold. User numbers alone do not imply 
systemic risks to consumers or society, and this approach is likely to result in an over-broad 
Regulation capturing many companies that should not be the target of the additional obligations. 
We suggest a more nuanced designation approach, including qualitative risk assessment criteria. 




Platforms (VLOPs), obligations regarding recommender systems, and certain transparency and 
reporting requirements.
Would you be available for a video-conference this or next week?
Thank you in advance.
Kind regards,
Eleanor
 
Eleanor Flanagan 
Senior Manager, European Affairs 
37 Square de Meeûs, Brussels
+32 (0) 498 43 02 22 | xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx | www.spotify.com