A "sweep" is an EU-wide screening of websites, to identify breaches of consumer law and to subsequently ensure its enforcement. The sweep is coordinated by the Commission and run simultaneously by national enforcement authorities. The Digital Content Sweep took place in June 2012. It is the sixth Sweep since 2007.
A growing percentage of European citizens purchase digital content: on average, 79% of European consumers have used online music services and 60% online games over the last 12 months. According to industry sources, the trade volume of music downloads in the EU was €677 million in 2010; consumers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium are estimated to have spent €16.5 billion on online games in 2011. Games targeting children and advertised as "free to play" represent an increasing share of the EU games market (50% of all games over the last 12 months).
What happens next?
National authorities have already started to contact companies and ask them to provide clarifications or correct their websites. Failure to do so can result in legal action leading to fines or even closing down of websites. The national enforcement authorities will report back to the Commission by autumn 2013. The Commission will report on the results.
 Previous sectors were airlines, mobile phones, electronic goods, online tickets and consumer credit.
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