Updating EU Consumer Law for the Digital Subscription Economy

11 Journal of European Consumer and Market Law 41-42 (2022)

2 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2022

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Christoph Busch

University of Osnabrück - European Legal Studies Institute; Yale University - Yale Information Society Project

Date Written: April 11, 2022

Abstract

This Editorial for the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law comments on the recent wave of consumer law reforms and enforcement actions regarding digital subscription services, such as the German "Fair Consumer Contracts Act" and recent updates of auto-renewal laws by US State legislators. It is suggested that a reform of EU consumer law could focus on three areas: (1) clear choices at the pre-contract stage, (2) reminders about auto-renewals and long-term inactive subscriptions, and (3) simple and straightforward cancellation mechanisms, e.g. a cancellation button.

Keywords: Consumer Law, Subscription Economy, Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Cancellation Button

JEL Classification: K12, K20

Suggested Citation

Busch, Christoph, Updating EU Consumer Law for the Digital Subscription Economy (April 11, 2022). 11 Journal of European Consumer and Market Law 41-42 (2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4230384

Christoph Busch (Contact Author)

University of Osnabrück - European Legal Studies Institute ( email )

Suesterstrasse 28
Osnabrueck, 49069
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://busch.jura.uni-osnabrueck.de

Yale University - Yale Information Society Project ( email )

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.yale.edu/christoph-busch

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