The European Parliament. Photo: European Parliament Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Different arms of the European Union have taken new steps toward regulating tech companies' content and practices.
Why it matters: Europe is a huge market for tech, and even though the internet transcends national borders, the rules set by the EU have global implications.
New copyright rules: The European Parliament voted to approve a Copyright Directive that places new burdens on large tech platforms to pay providers for content and filter uploads for copyrighted material.
- Critics say the rules constitute a "link tax" and undermine the openness of the internet.
- The directive will need to win another vote in January and then have to be implemented by individual member nations.
New terrorism rules: The European Commission, the EU's executive body, proposed new rules requiring tech platforms to remove content that promotes terrorism from their services within one hour of posting or face penalties of up to 4% of their global revenue.
- The EU has already promulgated this approach as a "rule of thumb," but the new proposal would formalize it if the European Parliament and member states approve it.
- The case could turn into the first big test of whether and how the GDPR will change the behavior and business models of ad-based tech platforms.