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
Date Written: July 19, 2018
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
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