European Commission proposal for measures against geo-blocking
Within the framework of the Digital Single Market (“DSM strategy”) the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on geo-blocking in order to dismantle territorial restrictions in the Internet (“Geo-blocking Regulation”). The purpose is to proscribe discrimination linked to the customer’s nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the EU single market. Access to the online interfaces of the service provider must be ensured. An automatic re-routing to another website, for instance one which uses the customer’s national language, may only occur with the express consent of the user. BDI welcomes the European Commission’s intention of stimulating online commerce, dismantling barriers and increasing transparency in the goods and services offered on the Internet. However, it is important that this does not undermine the principles of private autonomy and contractual freedom.