Eco: the Federal Government bills threaten the free Internet

the Association of the German Internet economy (eco) sees a serious threat to free Internet through two bills blessed by the Federal Cabinet. He missed a better taking into account of freedom of expression and rule of law at both projects. The contained problematic provisions “threaten freedom of expression on the Internet, promote a culture of deletion or promote network lock”, so Oliver Süme, as eco Executive Vice President for policy and legal jurisdiction. “A black day for the Internet.”

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in opinion on the network Enforcement Act which is to curb fake-news and Hasspostings, the eco Association complained about first the vague definition of social networks, so other tele-media services could be affected. Critically, he sees the requested content filters to find copies of rejected content as well as the rigid processing deadlines, which could lead to a delete culture of preemptive obedience. “The platforms be forced under threat of fines to unrealistic measures. This respectively seven days for other violations of the law for a legal classification insufficient 24 hours for obvious, especially if it is posts which must be seen in a larger context.”

while the upcoming fake-news debate also the digital Association BITKOM warned of Schnellschüssen in the regulation. He warned in February that that rule of law and freedom of expression under the wheels should – come and called for more media literacy rather than more laws.

the Bill amending the tele Media Act (TMG) should actually provide legal security for Wi-Fi operators. Also here, the eco Association submits fundamental criticism and requires repairs.

“The law means a step backwards compared to the existing regime,” argues Hamid. “Apart from the fact that power locks are basically a wrong approach, is particularly problematic, that the design behind the of the European Court of Justice and the Federal Court of justice falls short of legal services requirements and high hurdles for network lock and enables network lock without reservation as judge and virtually on demand.”

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