Have you detected recently illegal content online and asked the online platform hosting it to remove it? Are you a hosting service provider? The European Commission invites you to contribute to the study launched to monitor how effectively illegal content is taken down online and to inform the need for further intervention.

The call for contributions is part of a legal and technical study on the legal framework to intermediary liability implementing the E-Commerce Directive within the Union's Member States. The study equally aims at providing an accurate overview of existing voluntary measures taken by hosting service providers, their cost and effectiveness. In addition to a broad interview-based methodology, the study seeks to collect detailed data through:

  • A survey addressing the hosting service provider is online here and aims at collecting information and data from businesses on the procedures and associated costs they have put in place to tackle the presence of illegal content uploaded by their users.
  • An additional survey accessible here targets users and organisations who notify the presence of illegal content on online platforms and other hosting service providers.

Contributions are expected until 31 October 2017.

The study, commissioned in the first half of the year, is contracted to ICF Consulting and its partners, Grimaldi and 21c Consultancy. Results of the evidence gathering are expected before the end of the year. 

This work will inform the technical implementation of the Communication on Tackling Illegal Content Online as well as the Commission's assessment of further measures which might be necessary to effectively stop the spread of illegal content on the Internet. The surveys are not a public consultation as such, but a data gathering exercise.  The Commission will further consult through other channels and actively engage with all concerned stakeholders.