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EDPS Calls for Harmonized “Illegal Content” Definition

PRIVACY LAW—EU

September 19, 2012

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Peter Hustinx has said the European Commission (EC) should define the term “illegal content” in order to provide clarity on content host responsibilities for removal of such information, Out-Law.com reports. Comments by the EDPS come after an EC consultation on reforming rules governing the removal of illegal material posted online. Examples of what the EC considered illegal include content infringing on intellectual property rights, inciting hate, relating to terrorism or invading privacy. Hustinx said he “is of the view that there is a need for a more pan-European harmonized definition of the notion of illegal content for which notice-and-action procedures would be applicable.”
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