Providers' Liabilities in the New EU Data Protection Regulation: A Threat to Internet Freedoms?

14 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2012 Last revised: 5 Jul 2015

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Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: April 28, 2012

Abstract

In this paper I shall consider certain aspects of the Proposal for a Data Protection Regulation recently advanced by the EU Commission, which is meant to substitute the existing Data Protection Directive as well as the national laws implementing it. In particular I shall examine how the Regulation addresses host providers' liabilities and duties with regard to user-generated content. For this purpose, I shall first highlight some developments in web and cloud services, then I shall consider how web hosting is currently regulated, and finally I shall critically assess the novelties brought about by the Regulation.

Keywords: data protection, freedom of speech, providers, intermediaries, liabilities

Suggested Citation

Sartor, Giovanni, Providers' Liabilities in the New EU Data Protection Regulation: A Threat to Internet Freedoms? (April 28, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2047428 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2047428

Giovanni Sartor (Contact Author)

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