Google Ups Transparency in Compliance with EU’s DSA

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In a move set to redefine digital transparency, Google has announced plans to provide more detailed information on targeted advertisements and to grant researchers increased access to data on its product functions. This decision, revealed on Thursday, is Google’s response to the new European Union online content regulations, known as the Digital Services Act (DSA). The Alphabet-owned giant’s initiative is part of its commitment to comply with these ground-breaking rules, which are designed to increase transparency and safety in the digital world.

The DSA, coming into effect this Friday, imposes more stringent requirements on major players in the tech industry including Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Twitter,, Pinterest, Snap Inc’s Snapchat, Wikipedia, Zalando and Alibaba’s AliExpress. These companies, due to their substantial user base, are now mandated to intensify their efforts to combat child sexual abuse material and disinformation, provide clearer insights into their algorithmic processes, bots and targeted advertisements, and act promptly to remove illegal, unsafe or counterfeit products sold on their platforms.

Google to Enhance Ad Transparency & Data Access in Compliance with EU Rules

Google, an Alphabet Inc. unit, has announced plans to increase transparency on targeted advertisements and grant researchers greater access to data related to its products, in a move to comply with the recently introduced European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA). This announcement was made on Thursday, emphasizing the tech giant’s commitment to meet the onerous requirements of the new online content rules.

A New Era of Digital Regulation

The Digital Services Act, which came into effect on Friday, imposes stringent regulations on several online platforms, including Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Twitter,, Pinterest, Snapchat, Wikipedia, Zalando and Alibaba’s AliExpress, due to their extensive user base. This act mandates companies to intensify efforts to combat child sexual abuse material and disinformation. Additionally, it requires transparency in their algorithmic processes, bots, and targeted advertisements, and calls for the removal of illegal, unsafe, or counterfeit products sold on their platforms.

Google’s Commitment to Transparency and Safety

In a blog post, Laurie Richardson, Google’s Vice President for Trust and Safety, detailed how the company plans to comply with the DSA. "We will be expanding the Ads Transparency Center, a global searchable repository of advertisers across all our platforms, to meet specific DSA provisions and providing additional information on targeting for ads served in the European Union," she stated.

Furthermore, Google intends to improve data accessibility for researchers seeking to understand more about how Google Search, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play, and Shopping function in practice. This will aid in conducting research related to understanding systemic content risks in the EU.

Enhancing User Interaction and Policy Access

Additionally, Google will provide more visibility into its content moderation decisions and offer users several ways to contact the company. It will also update its reporting and appeals processes to provide specified types of information and context about its decisions. Moreover, Google plans to introduce a new Transparency Center that will enable users to access information about its policies on a product-by-product basis.


Google’s move to adhere to the stringent requirements of the DSA reflects its commitment to user safety, transparency, and accountability. It’s a significant step forward in the tech industry’s ongoing efforts to mitigate online threats and provide a safer and more transparent digital environment. However, it will be interesting to see how the implementation unfolds and whether other tech giants will follow suit in taking similar measures.

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