[IP-Watch] EU Parliament Seminar Looks At Risks Of Outsourcing Policing Of Internet

Self-regulation and its potential pitfalls when it comes to circumvention of due process by pushing enforcement to intermediaries was the subject of a seminar held in Brussels today (7 December).

That intermediaries would be in a “perfectly balanced position to make rulings on illegality” was one the ten myths about “privatized policing and law enforcement” presented by Joe McNamee, political analyst at European Digital Rights [...]

Should self-regulatory bodies really take on the role of judging such competing claims? he asked. The question will become even harder given the fact that there are not only the IP rights holders knocking on the door, but other requests that might be made to intermediaries as well, from counter-terrorist actors, to fighters against xenophobia, financial service regulators, or regulators of medicine.