Eurobarometer: Europeans seem to be aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking


Seven months after the entering into application of the Geo-blocking Regulation (EU) 2018/302, general consumer awareness of the new rules against unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market seems to be already high.

Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission on 27 June shows that 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of the fact that the European Union took action in this area. However, only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.

The Eurobarometer survey is part of the European Commission’s ongoing evaluation that will feed into an initial review of the Regulation, scheduled for March 2020. The focus of the evaluation will be assessing the need to extend the scope of the European law to cover, for example, audiovisual and other electronically supplied copyright-protected content, which are now out of scope.

The survey also shows that the number of internet users trying to get cross-border access to content has basically doubled over the last four years (15% in 2019), a growth that is likely to continue in the coming years.

For more information on the geo-blocking rules, you can download the  European Commission’s FAQ here (in all EU languages) and a lighter version published by Ecommerce Europe here.