EU Terrorist Content Proposal, Good Intentions But Risks To Online Rights And Europe’s Tech Sector

Date

12 Sep 2018

Sections

Health & Consumers
InfoSociety

Brussels, BELGIUM -- Today the European Commission presented its proposal for a regulation on ‘preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.’ This proposal puts a range of new obligations on online companies which will disproportionately burden smaller European firms.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the EU’s goal of tackling terrorist content online. Hosting services remain committed through multiple efforts, as acknowledged by the European Commission.

The one-hour removal deadline, coupled with draconian penalties, will incentivise hosting services to take down all reported content, thereby chilling freedom of expression online. Instead of focusing on arbitrary timeframes, hosting services should act expeditiously to the best of their capabilities to ensure that fundamental rights are not compromised when taking down content.

The proposal compels hosting services to also  implement proactive measures to tackle terrorist content. However, a broad implementation of such measures across the Internet is likely to also incentivise hosting services to suppress potentially legal content and public interest speech.

The following statement can be attributed to Maud Sacquet, Senior Policy Manager, CCIA Europe:

“The tech industry takes the fight against online terrorist content extremely seriously and we welcome the Commission’s acknowledgement of the progress achieved. However, the proposal’s many obligations would make it more difficult for online companies to safeguard Internet users’ fundamental rights.”

 

About CCIA:

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is an international, nonprofit association representing a broad cross section of computer, communications and Internet industry firms. CCIA remains dedicated, as it has for over 40 years, to promoting innovation and preserving full, fair and open competition throughout our industry. Our members employ more than 750,000 workers. For more, please go to: www.ccianet.org