European Commission Examines Geo-Blocking Contracts

Contracts between suppliers and distributors that actively prevent consumers from buying goods and digital content online across the European Union’s borders could face closer antitrust inspection, the bloc’s competition watchdog said. The European Commission, the bloc’s antitrust authority, released the first findings of its probe into the e-commerce sector with a paper that focused on geo-blocking, a practice to discriminate via price or the range of goods a company offers based on a customer’s location.