Telemedia and online platforms
The main legal framework for offerings on the Internet and for online platforms is currently provided by the E-Commerce Directive. This cornerstone is being comprehensively reformed and will be replaced in the future by the Digital Service Act and the Digital Markets Act. Read more →
Another important new regulation in Germany is the comprehensive reform of platform regulation in the media industry through the new Media Interstate. In addition to traditional media such as broadcasting, the Media Interstate Treaty also increasingly addresses "gatekeepers," online platforms and new media such as search engines, voice assistants, app stores, video-sharing services, smart TVs and social media platforms. Read more →
The EU and Germany have also adopted comprehensive reforms to the protection of minors on the Internet, online gambling law, and copyright law, particularly with regard to the use of content on the Internet. The Network Enforcement Act, with its scope of application specifically tailored to social media, also poses challenges for social media platforms.
Through the "Platform-to-Business" Regulation, the EU has created rules for legal relationships between entrepreneurs and online platforms and search engines.