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EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU

Consumer law and data protection can no longer afford to work in silos. The EU needs a big-picture approach to addressing systemic harms to individuals in digital markets, involving closer cooperation between enforcers in order to avoid legal uncertainty, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said, as he published his Opinion on the legislative package A New Deal for Consumers.

Source: EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU | European Data Protection Supervisor

EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU

Consumer and data protection law share the common goal of redressing imbalances between the individual and powerful companies. It is therefore essential that the two bodies of law are fully aligned and mutually reinforcing.

Giovanni Buttarelli, EDPS, said: “I support the aim of the Proposal to extend benefits to consumers who receive services without paying a monetary price. With ‘free’ the preferred price for many digital markets, the consumer should be protected irrespective of whether a contract under which a trade supplies or undertakes to supply digital content or services requires payment.”

Source: EDPS calls for closer alignment between consumer and data protection rules in the EU | European Data Protection Supervisor

The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law

In his blog Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, argues why European Union needs to adopt new ePrivacy Regulation and why GDPR is not enough. He argues that adoption of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation is crucial to protect the fundamental rights to privacy and the protection of personal data in the digital age. Progress must be made quickly to allow legal certainty and a level playing field for market operators. It is also necessary to complete the EU’s framework for data protection and confidentiality of communications.

Read full article: The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law | European Data Protection Supervisor

First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, says that we can expect to see DPAs take enforcement action soon. He said the sanctions will be imposed in many EU countries and will hit many companies and public administrations but declined to provide details because investigations were still ongoing.

Source: First significant GDPR fines in the pipeline – Privacy Laws & Business

Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules?

There are growing concerns from regulators, publishers, and privacy watchdogs about the ways that two internet giants—Google and Facebook—plan to implement the regulations.

The critics say the companies are squelching the promise of the new rules, and will leave European internet users no better off.

Source: Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules? | WIRED

EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’

The European data protection supervisor has hit out at social media and tech firms over the recent constant stream of privacy policy emails in the run up to GDPR, calling them them the “sweatshops of the connected world”.

“The most recent [Facebook] scandal has served to expose a broken and unbalanced ecosystem reliant on unscrupulous personal data collection and micro-targeting for whatever purposes promise to generate clicks and revenues.”

Source: EU: data-harvesting tech firms are ‘sweatshops of connected world’ | Technology | The Guardian

EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for health apps

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced the launch of a contest to design mobile health (m-health) applications implementing “privacy by design and by default” principles.

The aim is to create best practices that may constitute a reference for privacy-friendly development of mobile apps and give users more control over their personal information. Participants are challenged to develop a useful and user-friendly m-health application at the forefront of the implementation of the data protection by design and by default principle, as required under the GDPR. The deadline for submissions is the end of June.

Source: EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for m-health apps – Telecompaper

Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

New cloud computing guidance is to be issued by an EU data protection watchdog this year.

European data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli confirmed the plans in his newly published annual report for 2017. Further new guidelines on IT governance and management will also be issued by the supervisor in 2018, according to the report.

Source: Data protection watchdog promises new cloud computing guidance

EDPS presents 2017 annual report and views for future

The 2017 EDPS Annual Report presents an overview of all EDPS activities in 2017 and priorities for 2018, as well as analysing the progress made in achieving the aims set out in the EDPS Strategy.

With 2018 set to be a landmark year for data protection, the EDPS remains committed to ensuring that the EU remains at the forefront of the global dialogue on data protection and privacy and continues to lead by example.

Source: 2017 Annual Report – Data Protection and Privacy in 2018: going beyond the GDPR

EDPS calls for cooperation between DPAs, electoral regulators and audio-visual regulators

In the aftermath of the recent Cambridge Analytica and Facebook revelations, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), said: “The solution is to be found beyond content management and transparency, though they may help where appropriate. What we also need is better enforcement of the rules on data processing, especially sensitive information like on health, political and religious views, and accountability.

Antitrust and merger control – with the support of DPAs – has a central role in addressing structural issues of concentrated markets. But with the threat posed to social norms and democracy we now need to expand collaboration to include electoral regulators and audio-visual media regulators. We also have to change the incentives in the market. That is why new e-Privacy rules are essential.”

Source: EDPS calls for cooperation between DPAs, electoral regulators and audio-visual regulators – Privacy Laws & Business

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