Geoblocking is the practice of restricting access to internet content based upon the user’s geographical location. In a geo-blocking scheme, the user’s location is calculated using geolocation techniques, such as checking the user’s IP address against a blacklist or whitelist; the result of this check is used to determine whether a system will approve or deny access to the content.
Last year, the European Commission launched an enquiry into geoblocking. The FSPA are members of FESI (Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry) and receive updates from them as the European Commission’s enquiry into geoblocking evolves. FESI have determined that the EU could potentially put the following plans in place:
Of potential concern for FSPA members is the requirement to get ‘explicit consent’ before rerouting customers. Similarly, the requirement to provide text explaining why geoblocking is taking place, even if justified could cause problems.
These requirements could end up becoming another ‘cookie law’ situation whereby websites are required to display pop-up notifications and force customers to tick boxes. This could have a detrimental effect on e-commerce, as it may make the shopping journey more complicated and increase the chances of customers abandoning their purchase.
The European Commission are hosting a free seminar entitled ‘Consumer Choice, Competition and Growth in the Single Market’ on Friday 10th June. It will take place at the University of Oxford.
If you would like a more detailed update or for further information on the seminar please contact Jane Montgomery – [email protected]
It’s great to be part of an organisation that campaigns for investment in children’s play facilities and which raises the standards of the entire industry.
Having the support of the FSPA behind us is tremendously beneficial and greatly enhances the offering to our membership.
I have been a member of SPE for many years now and every member shows a 100% commitment to promote participation in sport and play in the UK.
It’s sometimes difficult to get heard when you stand on your own. But when you're part of a respected body like the FSPA, people listen and things start to happen.
The opportunity to meet with like-minded people across our sector to discuss some of the challenges is always invaluable.
Working together as a group of companies creates a stronger voice for the play industry, which benefits both suppliers and customers.