Online Platforms

This Topic page provides in-depth analysis and practical know how on the legal aspects of online platforms. All content is free to use, publish and distribute under a creative common license, except for the journal publications.

Online platforms play an important role in the economy, within the EU and globally. They drive innovation, increase consumer choice and improve efficiency. They also play an important role for participation in society. Platform economy is therefore no longer a buzzword. Because of network effects and access to large amounts of data, the big online platforms have so much power that they have their own dynamics.

The new business models that online platforms facilitate bring new opportunities and new legal challenges. The European legislator has recognised this and is introducing more and more regulation for online marketplaces, booking websites, social media, content platforms, price comparison websites, sharing economy platforms and search engines.

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