Extracts from the press conference by Tonio Borg and Nathalie Homobono on the initial findings of the 2012 Sweep, an EU wide screening of websites selling games, books, videos and music, which can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-075584   Duration: 10:02:58  Lieu:
End production: 06/12/2012   First transmission: 06/12/2012
On 6 December 2012, Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, gave a press conference to present the initial findings of the 2012 Sweep, an EU wide screening of websites selling games, books, videos and music, which can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device. The check shows that a huge number of these websites do not appear to comply with consumer protection rules. This is all the more worrying when vulnerable consumers, i.e. children, are targeted. National enforcement authorities will now contact the companies concerned to enable them to clarify their position or correct their website.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the press conference 00:00:03
10:00:08 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): We addressed the issue of vulnerable consumers in a supplementary screening, focusing on game selling websites exclusively; We have found out that out of the 101 websites checked on game selling, 87 allowed consumers to play games advertise as free; However as the game progressed, gamers, young and old ones who want to carry on playing had to buy additions add-ons. So parents have to be careful that their children do not fall prey to such practices. 00:00:40
10:00:48 Cutaway of a Photographer 00:00:04
10:00:53 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH) saying that they addressed the issue of vulnerable consumers in a supplementary screening, focusing on game selling websites exclusively; They have found out that out of the 101 websites checked on game selling, 87 allowed consumers to play games advertise as free; However as the game progressed, gamers, young and old ones who want to carry on playing had to buy additions add-ons. So parents have to be careful that their children do not fall prey to such practices. 00:01:11
10:02:04 Cutaway of a Journalist 00:00:04
10:02:09 Soundbite by Nathalie Homobono, Chief Executive Director of General Directorate for Fair Trading, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) (in FRENCH) saying that she thinks the goal is twofold. Obviously, they have to end the irregularities in online trading but this control results give them a full picture of the state of the market at Community level. It is particularly interesting to have this picture set because they can target their controls and reflect on the need to adapt the legal picture supported by the European Commission. 00:00:48
10:02:58 Cutaway of the Speakers 00:00:05
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