Our first event in the DSA in Focus series, taking place on 7 April 2021 at 10h30 CEST, will examine the new provisions in the DSA aiming to improve the management of illegal content online.
We will discuss the new provision on own-voluntary investigations, the differences between general and specific monitoring, as well as the limited liability regime. Panellists will also share with the audience their views on the future harmonised notice-and-action procedures.
This debate will provide a platform to exchange informed perspectives between policymakers, civil society, and industry representatives.
- Opening remarks and moderation: Ms Alexandra Laffitte, President of EuroISPA
- Round-table discussion with:
- Ms Dita Charanzová, MEP, shadow rapporteur on the Digital Services Act
- Ms Henna Virkkunen, MEP, rapporteur for opinion on the Digital Services Act
- Mr Malcolm Hutty, Chair of EuroISPA’s Intermediary Liability Committee
- Ms Iverna McGowan, Director at the Centre for Democracy and Technology
- Q&A with audience
- Closing remarks
To secure a spot, please register here.
Brussels, European Parliament – 23 January 2019: MEP Julia Reda hosted a dinner debate, jointly organised by the Greens/EFA and EuroISPA, at the European Parliament on tackling terrorist content online. The event offered a platform of discussion on the proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, with an emphasis on moving towards workable solutions for all stakeholders involved.
Representatives from the EU and international Institutions, civil society and industry exchanged views on the proposal during the dinner. Julia Reda MEP, Rapporteur for the Opinion of the Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO), opened the debate, giving an overview of the proposal, and concluded her speech stating that “we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we attacked cornerstones of our liberal democracy such as the right to freedom of expression as a knee-jerk reaction to terrorists who are trying to undermine those very values”. Hans Das, the Head of the European Commission’s Unit dealing with the fight against Terrorism and Radicalisation, stressed that the proposal addresses important societal challenges posed by terrorists’ use of the internet to incite, recruit and train their followers. In this context, given the speed and scale of the terrorist threat online, a joint effort by both governments and online platforms is required.
Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi, provided the point of view of civil society, stressing that “the proposal legislates on undefined proactive measures that can lead to an authority requesting a general monitoring obligation. As it stands, it poses serious risks to violate individuals’ fundamental rights”. Charlotte Altenhöner-Dion, Head of the Internet Governance Unit, Council of Europe, focused on the importance of a well levelled approach in respect to human rights. She stated that “the spread of terrorist content online constitutes a serious threat to the safe exercise of human rights. Yet, counter-terrorism measures should not go beyond what is necessary to maintain peace and security, nor should they disproportionately restrict the freedom of expression or subvert the rule of law”.
Malcolm Hutty, Chair of the Intermediary Liability Committee of EuroISPA, presented EuroISPA’s position, focussing on the compatibility of the proposal with the E-Commerce Directive. He also noted that “the obligation to remove terrorist content online within one hour upon receipt of the orders, especially in connection with the lack of a verification system for law enforcement requests, would not work in practice for SMEs, effectively pushing them out of the market and decreasing diversity of services offered online. Ultimately, European consumers would be worse off”.
The stimulating discussion with the participants following the presentations was focused on the issues of upload filters and algorithmic bias, fundamental rights safeguards, and investment in prevention measures and culture.
EuroISPA would like to extend its thanks to the speakers for their presentations and for the stimulating discussions. EuroISPA looks forward to continue engaging on this dossier to work towards a European legislative framework which effectively fights terrorist content online.
Unity on the aim of the e-evidence dossier, but diverging stakeholder views on the proposed mechanism
On 27th September, MEP Dalton hosted a lunch debate, organised by EuroISPA, at the European Parliament on cross-border access to electronic evidence, bringing together representatives from the Institutions, civil society and industry. The Commission proposal foresees a new system for the pan-European exchange of data between Internet Service Providers and law enforcement authorities to enable them to effectively proceed with criminal investigations requiring information from the online sphere. The far-reaching proposal, to which EuroISPA has actively contributed in the past three years, touches upon a number of sensitive issues in respect to national sovereignty, rule of law and fundamental rights safeguards.
During the debate, representatives from the EU Institutions, and EuroISPA, presented their views on the file and engaged in discussion with attendees. Deputy Head of the Cybercrime Unit in DG HOME, Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, stated “We need to equip law enforcement authorities with 21st century methods to tackle crime, just as criminals use 21st century methods to commit crime. To meet this aim, the Commission has proposed new tools which would enable competent authorities to gather e-evidence quickly and efficiently across borders, while ensuring robust safeguards for the rights and freedoms of all affected.” Judith Hester, of the Austrian Presidency, highlighted that “In the digital age, a legal basis for direct cooperation with service providers is essential for the protection of the area of freedom, security and justice. Council is intensively discussing aspects concerning fundamental issues, such as the appropriate level and timing of involvement of another Member State. We are focussing on effective legal remedies and the right to information, secure channels of data transmission in addition to cost reimbursement.”
Vice-President of EuroISPA, Maximilian Schubert, underscored ISPs’ understanding of judicial authorities’ need for efficient data exchange. However, any new system requires a sound legal basis, taking into account existing fundamental rights safeguards. “An SME exemption with more flexibility in time frames for executing orders received by the ISP is essential. Authentication, integrity and security are paramount. This is vital to maintaining consumer trust, thereby enabling Europeans to optimally profit from ongoing digitalisation”, said the EuroISPA Vice-president.
The discussion following the presentations was centred upon the issues of cost reimbursement, the general question of the necessity of the proposed measures, as well as instances of the real-life significance of the principle of dual criminality, demonstrated by examples from recent international cases.
EuroISPA would like to extend its thanks to the speakers for their remarks and for a thought-provoking discussion. EuroISPA looks forward to continue engaging on this important file towards a mechanism that works for all players in the Internet ecosystem.
The exhibition space of Brussels’ BOZAR EXPO was the scene of intense policy discussion on Monday 11 May, as policymakers and industry stakeholders gathered for EuroISPA’s Intermediary Liability in the Digital Single Market briefing. The lunch event featured a keynote speech by Mrs Jasmin Battista, Member of Cabinet, Commission Vice-President Ansip.
Mrs Battista took the opportunity to brief attendees on the Commission’s thinking regarding the Digital Single Market strategy, particularly in the context of the liability of intermediaries. The event was attended by over 70 key stakeholders. Participants included policymakers in the European Commission and Parliament, high-level digital policy officials from the Belgian government, as well as representatives from leading industry players and stakeholder associations.
In addition to engaging with an authoritative Commission official on the nuances of the Digital Single Market strategy, attendees were also offered the unique opportunity to partake in a guided tour of the Google Cultural Institute. The Institute, which celebrates the fusion of technology and culture, is currently on tour at BOZAR from its home in Paris.
Speaking at the event, EuroISPA President Oliver Süme said: “EuroISPA is delighted to have had the opportunity to welcome Mrs Battista to our policy discussion at BOZAR. As someone deeply involved in the crafting of the DSM strategy, Mrs Battista brings unrivalled insight into the Commission’s thinking. We look forward to hosting similar such events in the future, events that encourage deep policy discussion among the many stakeholders in Europe’s digital transformation.”
This year, HostingCon is expanding to Europe for the first time with an event in Amsterdam on the 14th and 15th of October. Following the successful panel that EuroISPA organised at EuroDIG, EuroISPA will support the first HostingCon in Europe with the organization of panel discussion. The discussion will be on the subject of data protection revision and particularly the debated Right to be forgotten.
The association will be represented by EuroISPA’s Vice-President, Bart-Jan van Dijk , who will moderate the discussion and the panel will include speakers from various fields: Marisa Jimenez, Government Affairs and Policy Senior Counsel at Google, Professor Gerrit-Jan Zwenne from the University of Leiden; Jens-Henrik Jeppens from the Center for Democracy and Technology and last but not least, Gabriele Viebach, Founder and Managing Director of Pactas GmbH and Director Emerging IT at Diplomatic Council.
HostingCon is the premier North American event that provides essential industry knowledge and education on an unbiased platform. Its attendees are from all areas of the web hosting and cloud services industry from startups to global giants. HostingCon selects the industry’s most vital issues and presents the community with a relevant, new agenda every year.
You can find further information about the event here.