Geo-blocking in the Digital Single Market

21-09-2016

The IA clearly defines the problem and appears to use up-to-date data and research throughout, especially in the problem definition and in establishing the scope of the impact assessment. At times, however, the presentation of the policy options lacks clarity. The IA seems to provide sound justification for the proposal, but appears not to fully address the RSB’s recommendation in its first opinion for a better description of the potential interaction of all the legislation that would target justified geo-blocking. This is something which might merit attention, particularly given that many of the parallel initiatives concerned are currently going through Parliament.   

The IA clearly defines the problem and appears to use up-to-date data and research throughout, especially in the problem definition and in establishing the scope of the impact assessment. At times, however, the presentation of the policy options lacks clarity. The IA seems to provide sound justification for the proposal, but appears not to fully address the RSB’s recommendation in its first opinion for a better description of the potential interaction of all the legislation that would target justified geo-blocking. This is something which might merit attention, particularly given that many of the parallel initiatives concerned are currently going through Parliament.