eBay's statement on the DSA
The Digital Services Act (DSA) regulates the obligations of digital services that act as intermediaries in their role of connecting consumers with goods, services, and content. This includes online marketplaces such as eBay, among others. The DSA gives better protection to users and to fundamental rights online, establishes a powerful transparency and accountability framework for online platforms and provides a single, uniform framework across the European Union (EU).
The DSA entered into force on 16 November 2022.
eBay’s commitment to the DSA
For more than 25 years, we have been committed to protecting the safety of our global customers worldwide who use eBay’s trusted platforms. Millions of transactions happen every day on our site, and we value the trust our customers place in eBay. We embrace the DSA as an opportunity to demonstrate and deepen our commitment to protecting our customers. eBay already has in place several initiatives that contribute to the DSA’s objectives. Read more below.
Information on active monthly users as of 19 December 2022
Under Article 24 (2) of the DSA, online platforms are required to publish ‘information on the average monthly active recipients of the service’ in the EU at the latest three months after entry into force of the DSA. This is for the purposes of determining whether an online platform is a ‘very large online platform’ (VLOP), reaching an average of at least 45 million users per month in the EU (i.e., representing 10% of the EU population). VLOPs are subject to additional requirements due to the role they play in the dissemination of content throughout the EU.
Article 24 (2) and other provisions of the DSA provide guidance for online platforms in calculating the number of ‘average monthly active recipients of the service’, including limiting this number to recipients located in the EU, excluding visits from automated bots and scrapers, and counting only unique visits, i.e., counting multiple visits by the same user to different sites or interfaces of the same platform only once in each month.
We have calculated the average monthly active recipients of our marketplace service in the EU based on the period 30 May 2022 to 30 November 2022, in accordance with Recital 77 of the DSA. Our conclusion is that during this period the average number of monthly active recipients of our marketplace in the EU was well below the 45 million user threshold for being designated as a VLOP.
We will continue to monitor the number of average monthly active recipients of our marketplace service in the EU and will publish updated information later in 2023, in accordance with Article 24 (2).
eBay is also a founding signatory of the EU’s Memorandum of Understanding against online counterfeiting and of the EU’s Product Safety Pledge.