ECJ: Uber renders transport services, not information society services

In a matter that is relevant for all online platforms, aggregators and similar service providers, the ECJ today (20 December 2017) provided important guidance as to the scope of the term ‘information society services’, as used in the Ecommerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC).

The ECJ decided that Uber renders a transport service rather than an information society service. It found that the intermediation service such as rendered by Uber must be regarded as being inherently linked to a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified as ‘a service in the field of transport’.

That means that Member States are free to regulate the conditions under which such services are to be provided.

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