Online content take-down

European consultation on the notice and take-down procedures for on-line content has concluded that the European Union should provide at least some binding minimum and detailed rules. Under the E-Commerce Directive hosts are generally not liable for illegal content posted by others but they are required to remove or disable it once they know it exists. It is agreed that reform is needed but that not all categories of illegal content carry are the same. Hosts may not be best placed to deal with some requests, for example, privacy infringements might be better dealt with by data protection authorities. A standard notice and take- down form is required which collects minimum personal data and guidance should be given on pro-active measures to prevent illegal content but the measures should not include monitoring.

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