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TCOR Legal Representative

External legal representative for hosting service providers on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

The Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (“TCOR” -REGULATION (EU) 2021/784) entered into force on 7 June 2022.

The aim is to curb the spread of terrorist content and thus strengthen the public security of the Union. To this end, it primarily sets out a series of obligations for hosting service providers. It applies to all hosting service providers that offer services in the European Union and disseminate information publicly, regardless of where they are headquartered.

However, for such hosting service providers that do not have a main establishment in the Union, Article 17 of the Regulation provides rules on the "legal representative".

Accordingly, such a provider shall have a legal representative in writing in the Union for the receipt of, compliance with and the enforcement of removal orders and decisions issued by the competent authorities.

The representative may be either a natural person or a legal entity. It shall be provided with the necessary powers and resources to comply with the decisions and removal orders of the authorities and to cooperate with them. The competent authority in the member state where the legal representative is resident or established shall be informed of the designation.

The legal representative can be held liable for violations arising from the regulation. However, this does not affect the liability of the hosting service providers.