EU Commission Wants Big-Tech to Crack Down on COVID-19 Scams

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The EU Commissioner For Justice and Consumers, Didier Reynders reached to big-tech platforms (including Facebook, Amazon, Google, Alibaba, eBay, Rakuten, Cdiscount, Wish Shopping and Allegro.pl) to require their cooperation in taking down scams from their platforms, following the common position endorsed by the CPC network.

As the new COVID-19 virus spreads across the EU, rogue traders advertise and sell products, such as protective masks, caps, and hand sanitizers to consumers, which allegedly prevent or cure an infection.

Scam Report Lead to Outreach to Big-Tech

On 20 March 2020, the consumer protection (CPC) authorities of the Member States, with the support of the Commission, issued CPC Common Position COVID19 on the most reported scams and unfair practices in this context.

The objective is to ask and help online platform operators to identify such illegal practices better, take them down, and prevent similar ones from reappearing.

The Commission stated it is in the general interest to guarantee a safe online environment where consumers, in particular in the context of distress caused by the current crisis, feel well protected against any illegal practices that potentially put their health at risk.

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