Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-8kt4b Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-21T13:28:00.918Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

European Contract Law and the Digital Single Market: Current Issues and New Perspectives

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 December 2017

Alberto De Franceschi
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor of Italian Private Law and European Contract Law, University of Ferrara, Italy
Get access

Summary

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND CONTRACT LAW

Digital technology has significantly changed the balance in society and economic relationships, offering new opportunities for innovative business models. This raises challenging questions affecting several aspects of the law. Scholars, practitioners, policy-makers and legislators are therefore involved in an ongoing debate and need to find appropriate answers in order to react adequately to the challenges of the digital revolution. This book aims to chart, analyse and clarify some of the main questions and issues.

For a functioning market economy, private law has to provide a general framework and efficient tools. The realisation of a connected Digital Single Market is one of the ten priorities of the European Commission, which aims to react appropriately to the challenges of the digital revolution in order to use this opportunity for economic growth. In the framework of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission announced a set of measures aiming to create better access to digital goods and services across Europe for both consumers and businesses, underlining that the absence of consistent EU-wide criteria creates barriers to entrance, hinders competition and reduces predictability for investors throughout Europe.

The harmonisation of European private law is a challenge of increasing significance and has inspired important developments, as shown for example by the European Commission's release, on 9 December 2015, of three legislative proposals as a part of its ‘Digital Single Market Strategy’: the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods, and the Proposal for a Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market. Since then, on 27 April 2016, EU Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data has been adopted.

Type
Chapter
Information
European Contract Law and the Digital Single Market
The Implications of the Digital Revolution
, pp. 1 - 18
Publisher: Intersentia
Print publication year: 2016

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Available formats
×