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The President of UOKiK will be able to block websites |

The powers of the president of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) may soon increase alarmingly. After the proposed changes to the law come into force, it will be able to, for example, block websites. In addition, he will be given the right to decide on the purchase of goods for testing. The new provisions will first go to public consultations.

The President of UOKiK will be able to block websites

It is about a draft amendment to the Act on Competition and Consumer Protection, which has just been submitted to public consultations. Among the new paragraphs are those which grant the president of UOKiK (currently Tomasz Chróstny) the possibility of e.g. removing content or completely blocking access to certain websites.

In addition, if there is a suspicion of infringement of collective consumer interests, UOKiK will be able to buy goods or services under the so-called undercover. The record authorizes the clerk to “Purchase goods or services, if necessary, with the possibility of introducing themselves as another person / concealing their identity for testing purposes”. To do this, an employee of UOKiK will be able to turn to the police for help. This is on condition if the transaction involves a risk to his health or life.

In addition, the police are to assist officials when they need help in case of implementation “The right to search in the course of proceedings for infringement of collective consumer interests or clause proceedings”.

The president of UOKiK himself will also have the right to report to the head of the Internal Security Agency with a request to prepare and issue documents or electronic identification means that make it impossible to determine the data identifying the inspector. It is about obtaining the so-called false identity.

The new powers of the President of UOKiK are the result of the EU CPC regulation on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

What does this mean for the cryptocurrency market?

It is not fully clear what this means for the cryptocurrency market, which UOKiK can theoretically deal with, if, for example, it decides that a company is acting to the detriment of consumers. While in the case of scams, blocking their website is a good idea, it is not known whether they will backfire honest projects that the official will suspect.

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