Regulating Intermediaries to Protect Privacy Online – The Case of the German NetzDG

Marion Albers and Ingo Sarlet (editors), Personality and Data Protection Rights on the Internet, Forthcoming

15 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2018

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Wolfgang Schulz

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Date Written: July 19, 2018

Abstract

With the shift of communication to the internet, conflicts between freedom of communication and personal rights are also shifting to the Net. With the enactment of a so-called “Network Enforcement Act” (Netzwerkduchsetzungsgesetz - NetzDG), Germany has taken a path to address this problem by regulating platforms, which has received much international attention. This article presents the regulatory concept of the NetzDG and examines the consequences, especially for freedom of communication. Alternatives will be discussed on the basis of a recent recommendation of the Council of Europe on roles and responsibilities of online intermediaries.

Keywords: Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, Network Enforcement Act, Intermediary Regulation, Freedom of Speech, Law and Technology

Suggested Citation

Schulz, Wolfgang, Regulating Intermediaries to Protect Privacy Online – The Case of the German NetzDG (July 19, 2018). Marion Albers and Ingo Sarlet (editors), Personality and Data Protection Rights on the Internet, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3216572

Wolfgang Schulz (Contact Author)

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research ( email )

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
Hamburg, 20148
Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

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