it is time to stop geoblocking in EU!
With its proposals announced for May and June the European Commission has promised to tackle geo-blocking in the Single Market. Geo-blocking happens when traders and suppliers of digital content erect artificial barriers to prevent consumers in other European Union countries from accessing their goods and services.
The first proposal will address geo-blocking in e-commerce i.e. when consumers are rerouted to another website after checking prices on a foreign website or when the trader unjustifiably refuses to deliver a product to the consumer’s country. The second draft law will look at how to help consumers access online audio-visual content, like films or sporting events, when they are in a country different to the website’s.
BEUC in collaboration with its members are launching this video to urge the Commission to stop such discriminatory practices. Consumers, just like traders, should have the right to benefit from the EU’s Single Market.
Read more on geoblocking on BEUC's site.