Committee work

The EuroISPA Intermediary Liability committee considers the responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in law and practice, the balance of legal obligations and the impact of legal measures in maintaining the balance of responsibilities that allow's Europe's digital economy to thrive, while also supporting effective law enforcement within a framework of respect for fundamental rights in the online environment. As the European Commission is in the process of preparing its revision of the E-Commerce Directive, through a Digital Services Act, EuroISPA will continue to be engaged to promote innovation-friendly liability protections as the key infrastructural element of the Digital Single Market.

Committee Chairs

The Chairs of the above-mentioned Committees are as follows:

  • Intermediary liability – Chair: Malcolm Hutty (LINX)
  • Data Protection & Privacy – Chair: Oliver Süme (Eco)
  • Innovation & Growth – Chair: Innocenzo Genna (AIIP)
  • Cybercrime & Cybersecurity – Chair: Dr Maximilian Schubert (ISPA Austria), Vice-Chair: Alex de Joode (ICT Netherlands)
  • Safer Internet – Chair: Asko Metsola (FICOM)
  • Market & Services – Chair: Alexandra Laffitte (FFTélécoms)
  • International Affairs – Chair: Malcolm Hutty (LINX)

“The main dossier for the Intermediary Liability Committee in 2018 has been the proposal on Preventing The Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online. We warned of the consequences of demanding algorithmic detection of terrorist content and introducing an undefined and unbounded duty of care, while calling for a robust mechanism to verify the authenticity of law enforcement requests. Looking ahead, the new European legislature will continue to work on sectoral or horizontal revisions of the intermediary liability regime, where EuroISPA is ready to represent European ISPs to ensure that policy-makers take industry’s views into account.”

“The Copyright Directive reform has been the crux of this Committee’s work. EuroISPA, alongside other industry and civil society representatives, advocated against automated upload filters, and against what is known as the “link tax”, an ancillary copyright on snippets. The next European legislature will pursue its work on topics relevant to the Committee, such as geo-blocking.”

“2018 marked another year of good cooperation between Members in raising awareness on tackling CSAM, as well as using many speaking opportunities to underscore the place of industry hotlines in the Internet ecosystem. As this debate continues, next year we look forward to even closer cooperation, also in collaboration with INHOPE at both the European and national level.” 

“The landmark in 2018 was the entry into application of the GDPR, signaling a new era for European data protection legislation. In 2019 we will continue to closely follow GDPR implementation, continuing engagement in the ePrivacy debate, and dive deeper into new avenues as technologies such as Artificial Intelligence develop and multiply in their applications.”

“This year, we witnessed several important developments, the most notable being the agreement reached on the European Electronic Communications Code. In 2019, a review of consumer protection legislation is expected to be undertaken by the European Commission, which will be central to the Committee’s work.”

“This past year, the Cybersecurity Committee has predominantly focused its efforts on the e-evidence proposal, with sustained and effective outreach to key national and European stakeholders, with constructive results. As negotiations continue into 2019, we will continue with our engagement in order to ensure a balanced approach on the file for all players along the Internet value chain.”