Europe 2022: new rules, cyber-attacks and the supply chain

With a number of new regulations due next year, and the pandemic still casting a long shadow, what does 2022 hold for tech in Europe?

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The forthcoming year will be a busy one in Europe for the tech sector with a great deal of new regulations coming down the track.

The sweeping set of competition and content moderation rules in the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act have been thrashed out during much of 2021 and will likely pass the finish line in 2022. They will introduce a swathe of new obligations and restrictions on large tech firms, from stricter oversight on anti-competitive behaviour to tighter requirements on policing illegal or dangerous content on their platforms.

Regulations like these are front of mind for many companies, and their lobbyists, and were driven to the top of the agenda once again recently by Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen.

But the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act are far from the only new rules that Europe’s IT industry will have to brace for in 2022.

Earlier in 2021, the European Commission presented its suite of rules for reining in artificial intelligence meanwhile a forthcoming European Chips Act aims to put Europe at the forefront of semiconductor development at a time when the world is suffering from severe shortages of chips in several industries.

While all of these issues are being hammered out, IT decision makers in Europe will continue to face a raft of challenges in the year ahead, from cybersecurity threats to supply chain chokepoints.

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