The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the detection and removal of illegal content on the Internet

The call for contributions is part of a legal and technical study on the legal framework to intermediary liability implementing the E-Commerce Directive within the Union's Member States. The study equally aims at providing an accurate overview of existing voluntary measures taken by hosting service providers, their cost and effectiveness. In addition to a broad interview-based methodology, the study seeks to collect detailed data through:

  • A survey addressing the hosting service provider is online here and aims at collecting information and data from businesses on the procedures and associated costs they have put in place to tackle the presence of illegal content uploaded by their users.
  • An additional survey accessible here targets users and organisations who notify the presence of illegal content on online platforms and other hosting service providers.

Contributions are expected until 31 October 2017.