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Transatlantic Techlash Continues as U.K. and U.S. Lawmakers Release Proposals for Regulation

The 2018 “techlash” shows no sign of slowing. The last week of July saw the release of two papers containing proposals for significant increases regulation of tech companies, particularly with an eye toward protecting the integrity of political processes and elections.

Western Europe

Germany’s Bold Gambit to Prevent Online Hate Crimes and Fake News Takes Effect

The German Act to Improve the Enforcement of the Law in Social Networks (known as the Network Enforcement Law or the NetzDG), which targets online hate crimes and false news reports, went into effect on Oct. 1, 2017. Both the justice ministry and social media companies are grappling with the act’s provisions before the law takes full effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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