On 25, Apr 2018 | In News @en | By Alisa Maier
End of February 2018, the EU Parliament and the European Council of Ministers approved a geo-blocking regulation that became effective on March 22, 2018. The regulation is binding as of December 3, 2018, following the end of a 9-month transition period.
What is geoblocking?
Geo-blocking prevents online-users from ordering and buying products or services from websites in other EU member states. The geographical location of the user is determined through the IP-address, which in turn determines whether access is approved, denied, or if the user is redirected to another local website.
What is the goal of the regulation?
The new regulation aims at protecting users from price- and sales-term discrimination when ordering products and services online from other EU countries.
Are there exceptions to the geo-blocking ban?
Services that mainly involve attaining access to and using contents under copyright (music streaming, e-books, online games) are currently excluded.
What is exactly regulated?
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