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EU: End IP based geoblocking, use passport based geoblocking

The European Union has a press release, in which they say fee based online services will have to abandon IP-based access limitations:

The new rules will remove these restrictions for all new subscriptions and also for those purchased before the rules enter into force, thus enabling EU citizens to access this online content while temporarily abroad in another EU country on holiday, for studies or for business.

That will not remove the ability to establish licensing deals with units smaller than all of the EU, though. The IP-based geoblocks are instead being replaced with other blocks.

The agreed legislation will allow online content service providers to take “reasonable and proportionate measures” to verify the EU country of residence of the subscriber. A closed list of permitted verification methods includes checks on electronic identification, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers will be required to inform customers of the verification methods used and take appropriate security measures to protect their data.

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Building Europeans: The Free Interrail Ticket

Free Interrail

What is the Idea of a European Union in the life of young Europeans growing up? How can the EU make European Union a tangible experience?

The answer to that, according to Vincent Herr and Martin Speer, is as simple as it is awesome – every young European Citizen shall, on their 18th birthday, receive a free InterRail ticket. The ticket would allow unlimited rail travel in and between the 30 participating countries for a month, allowing young Europeans to experience their country hands-on.

But nothing in Europe is ever simple:

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