Providers’ Liabilities in the New EU Data Protection Regulation: A Threat to Internet Freedoms?
EUI Working Papers LAW No. 2012/24
23 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012
Date Written: August 1, 2012
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, EU law, e-commerce, host providers liabilities
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