Identification requirements for operators of internet communications platforms
Question for written answer E-000930/2020
to the Commission
Patrick Breyer (Verts/ALE)
Several Member States are or have been contemplating requiring social media services and other operators of internet communications platforms to identify all users by name, address and date of birth. This data would not be published but disclosed to law enforcement authorities upon request.
Such general and indiscriminate identification of all users may have a chilling effect on free speech online, particularly for vulnerable groups.
Does the Commission believe that is it legal and proportionate for a Member State to force operators of internet communications platforms to identify all users?