Digital Markets Act: What impact will it have on US enterprise data privacy?

Mine Staff
Mine Staff
Dec 6, 2023
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Digital Markets Act: What impact will it have on US enterprise data privacy?

Demystifying the Digital Markets Act: What impact will it have on US enterprise data privacy?

With the recent introduction of the European Union's (EU) Digital Markets Act (DMA), the data privacy landscape has undergone a significant shift, particularly affecting US-based businesses with a digital footprint in the EU. The DMA, coupled with the Digital Services Act (DSA), presents a new era of data privacy. Both the DSA and DMA bring significant changes to fields of  consent management, data mapping, and privacy requests.

Understanding the Digital Markets Act (DMA)

The DMA was enforced in November 2022 and has been applicable since May 2023. The law targets "gatekeeper" organizations, identified due to their sizable global influence and reach. To date, the European Commission (EC) has designated six such companies: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta, and Microsoft. These gatekeepers are required to comply with the DMA by March 6, 2024, or risk substantial fines and penalties.

However, the DMA's effects aren't limited to these gatekeepers. All companies operating within the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) that use these gatekeepers' platforms and services must also comply to maintain access. Non-compliance can result in significant loss of data, audience, and revenue.

Impact on user privacy and consent

The DMA's user privacy and consent requirements follow the same guidelines as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive (ePD). Consent must be freely given, specific, informed, unambiguous, and obtained before any personal data is collected. 

Users must also be able to change their consent preferences or withdraw consent at any time, while companies must be able to prove consent in the event of an audit by data protection authorities.

The role of data mapping in DMA compliance

Data Mapping plays a vital role in ensuring DMA compliance. It involves identifying, managing, and protecting the personal data that a company holds. With the DMA's rigorous requirements, businesses must have a clear understanding of what data they possess, where it is stored, and how it is processed and shared.

Data Mapping helps businesses stay compliant with the DMA by providing a clear overview of their data handling processes, making it easier to identify potential areas of non-compliance. It also aids in responding to Privacy Requests efficiently.

Navigating privacy requests under the DMA

Under the DMA, businesses are obliged to respond to privacy requests from users. These requests allow users to interact with the data a company collects about them. Users can submit a Data Subject Request (DSR) to access, modify, or delete their data.

Handling these privacy requests efficiently is a fundamental aspect of DMA compliance. Failing to do so can result in penalties and damage a company's reputation.

The importance of consent management in DMA compliance

Consent Management is another crucial aspect of DMA compliance. The act requires businesses to obtain explicit consent from users before processing their personal data. This involves informing users about what data is collected, why it's collected, and who it may be shared with.

To comply with the DMA, businesses need a robust Consent Management Platform (CMP). A CMP allows businesses to manage user consent preferences, store this information securely, and signal it to gatekeepers. 

The easiest way to ensure DMA compliance is to implement a robust Consent Management Platform (CMP). Usercentrics and CookiebotTM are the leading ready for DMA CMPs, offering seamless integration with major web and ecommerce content management systems (CMS) like Adobe Experience Manager, Drupal, Wordpress and Shopify. 

Beyond gatekeepers: Compliance requirements for businesses

The DMA's requirements extend to companies that use the gatekeepers’ core platform services. These companies must comply with the Act to maintain access to the platforms, which includes collecting and processing user data for their own operations or accessing data collected by the gatekeepers.

Understanding the Digital Services Act (DSA)

While the DMA focuses primarily on gatekeeper organizations, the DSA targets a broader range of digital intermediary services. It aims to address risks posed by the operations of Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs) and Very Large Online Search Engines (VLOSEs), and enhance consumers’ rights, including data privacy.

Data mapping and privacy requests under the DSA

The DSA mandates VLOPs and VLOSEs to invest in processes for content moderation, handling user complaints, transparency of algorithms, cooperation with and reporting to authorities, and measures to prevent the spread of illegal content. This calls for significant financial, legal, and resource investment, making it essential for these companies to have efficient data mapping and privacy request mechanisms in place.

The role of the Privacy Center in the DSA

The Privacy Center plays a crucial role in ensuring DSA compliance. It provides users with easy access to their privacy rights and allows them to submit their requests directly. With MineOS integrated into the Usercentrics banner, you can easily provide these rights to consumers and collectively handle their requests in a centralized, streamlined manner.

Leveraging Usercentrics and MineOS for DMA Compliance

Usercentrics and MineOS offer integrated solutions to help businesses navigate the DMA's requirements. Usercentrics, a leading provider of consent management solutions, integrates seamlessly with MineOS to offer a comprehensive data privacy solution.

Usercentrics' CMP is designed to comply with DMA regulations. It enables businesses to inform users about data collection practices and collect and store valid consent. Usercentrics also supports the latest version of Google Consent Mode, optimizing opt-in rates and providing valuable ad conversion insights.

On the other hand, MineOS offers a Data Subject Request solution, allowing businesses to handle privacy requests efficiently. Users can submit their DSRs directly to businesses, who can then manage these requests in a centralized, streamlined manner.

Integrating Usercentrics and MineOS: A step-by-step guide

Integrating Usercentrics and MineOS is straightforward. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Create a MineOS account: Sign up for a MineOS account from the Usercentrics admin interface. If you already have an account, you can connect it from there.
  2. Set up your Privacy Center: Customize your Privacy Center within MineOS. Usercentrics will implement the Privacy Center link in your consent banner.
  3. Handle Data Subject Requests and Data Deletion: With the MineOS Privacy Center integrated into your Usercentrics banner, users can easily access their privacy rights. You can also set up automatic deletion flows in MineOS that remove data from your tools, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems or marketing automation software.
  4. Implement the Privacy Center into your consent banner: Go back to the Usercentrics admin interface and navigate to the "Integration" tab. Enable the toggle to implement the DSR solution in your consent banner.

For more detailed information, follow our support guide on setting up channels for DSR handling with Usercentrics CMP.

Final thoughts and next steps

As the data privacy landscape continues to evolve, businesses need to stay ahead of the curve to ensure compliance with emerging regulations like the DMA and DSA. Consent management solutions like Usercentrics and MineOS are crucial components of your enterprise data privacy strategy, not just to meet data privacy requirements but also to build trust and foster long-term customer relationships.

With the DMA enforcement deadline fast approaching, now is the time for businesses to reassess their data privacy operations, integrate robust consent management solutions, and ensure they are ready for the new era of data privacy.

But remember, achieving DMA compliance is not a one-time task but an ongoing process. You must continuously monitor and audit your compliance efforts, stay informed about any updates from regulatory authorities, and prioritize user privacy to build trust with your audience.