Digital Regulation in Key Jurisdictions: What to Expect in 2023

2023 will be a busy year for digital regulation. The first quarter has already set the tone with a spate of antitrust and privacy announcements in the EU, U.S., Germany, Ireland, and elsewhere demonstrating continued political and policy focus on digital markets. The agenda for the rest of the year is also busy with important steps in the enactment or implementation of digital regulation in a range of different jurisdictions. 

These forthcoming developments continue the legislative steps taken in this space in 2022: a milestone year in the development of digital regulation frameworks. The European Union set the pace with the political agreement and rapid enactment of: the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Service Act (DSA), which both became law in November. Other regulatory rules, such as the Data Act, progressed within the EU’s legislative process in 2022 as well. Some Member States within the EU have also been active, both through tech-focused antitrust enforcement and also through Germany’s own quasi-regulatory legislative framework. 

The past year also saw developments in this area outside of the EU, even if they have yet to reach the statute books. As detailed in our Digital Regulation Handbook, there are now active digital regulations in Japan and Korea and relatively advanced proposals for such rules in Australia, China, Turkey, the UK, and the U.S. 

This latest installment of the Digital Regulation Round-Up looks to the year ahead to highlight and contextualize important upcoming events across these jurisdictions.