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EU Civil Liberties Committee Monitoring Use of Tracking Technology to Fight COVID-19

The head of the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee says the group is monitoring efforts to use smartphone data tracking to fight COVID-19.

“Even in these exceptional times, the EU’s data protection principles, namely the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) and the e-Privacy Directive, must continue to apply and be respected,” said Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), the Chair of the EC Civil Liberties Committee. “The Civil Liberties Committee is following these developments closely because of the serious risks that such tools may imply for an individual’s fundamental rights to a private life and data protection,” he said.

Source: EU Civil Liberties Committee Monitoring Use of Tracking Technology to Fight COVID-19

Irish DPC Publishes New Cookie Guidance

On April 6, 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) published a report summarizing the DPC’s findings following a cookie sweep of select websites across a range of sectors, as well as a new guidance note on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

The DPC made it clear that they expect organizations (acting as data controllers) to comply with the current cookie law rules. Organizations have a six-month window to get in compliance with the DPC’s new cookie guidance; after that period, the DPC may take action to enforce the guidance.

Source: Irish DPC Publishes New Cookie Guidance

CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

On March 12, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) released its annual inspection strategy for 2020.

The CNIL carries out approximately 300 inspections every year. These inspections are initiated (1) following complaints lodged with the CNIL; (2) in light of current topics in the news; (3) after the CNIL has adopted corrective measures ( e.g. , formal notices, sanctions) in order to verify whether the organization in question adopted the measures or remedied the situation; and (4) as part of the CNIL’s annual inspection strategy.

Source: CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

EU Presidency releases revised draft ePrivacy Regulation

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union released revised text of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation (Regulation concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications and Repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)).

Draft ePrivacy Regulation introduces further clarifications in Recital 12 with regard to machine-to-machine and Internet of Things services. It also  modifies Articles 6 to 8.

Read the Draft ePrivacy Regulation.

 

EU publishes revised draft ePrivacy Regulation

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 21 February 2020 published revised text of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation (Regulation concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications and Repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)).

New draft introduces the possibility to process metadata for legitimate interests, as well as to use the processing and storage capabilities of terminal equipment, and to collect information from end-users’ terminal equipment when it is necessary for the purpose of the legitimate interests pursued by the service provider, except when such interest is overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the end-user. That is big change compared to existing regulation requiring user’s consent.

Draft ePrivacy Regulation

Croatian Presidency tempers expectations on ePrivacy progress

The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the just the latest EU presidency to try to tackle the ePrivacy Regulation.

Finland, Romania, Austria and Bulgaria were among the countries that could not figure out ePrivacy during their presidencies, and now it’s Croatia’s turn at the plate. While the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs pushed forward a version of ePrivacy back in October 2017, however, progress since that vote has essentially been nonexistent.

Full article: Croatian Presidency tempers expectations on ePrivacy progress

CNIL launches a public consultation on its draft recommendation on “cookies and other trackers”

On 4 July 2019, the CNIL published guidelines on the application of Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act. This article governs actions aiming at storing or gaining access to information already stored in the terminal of a user, i.e. in particular the use of cookies or other trackers when a user visits a website.

The CNIL conducted a consultation during the fall of 2019, in order to prepare a draft recommendation proposing operational procedures for obtaining consent. This draft is now subject to public consultation until 25 February, with a view to preparing the final version of the recommendation.

Source: CNIL launches a public consultation on its draft recommendation on “cookies and other trackers”

Research reveals that most websites are not compliant with GDPR and ePrivacy Directive

Research has found that only 11.8% of consent management platforms (CMPs) meet the minimal requirements under GDPR and Europe’s eDirective regulations regarding cookies and consent.

A study conducted by researchers at MIT CSAIL, Denmark’s Aarhus University and University College London, analysed how prevalent CMP designs impact people’s consent choices.

Full article: #Privacy: Research reveals that most websites are not compliant with GDPR

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules

Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests.

“The results of our empirical survey of CMPs [consent management platforms] today illustrates the extent to which illegal practices prevail, with vendors of CMPs turning a blind eye to — or worse, incentivising — clearly illegal configurations of their systems,” the researchers argue, adding that: “Enforcement in this area is sorely lacking.”

Full article: Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests | TechCrunch

GDPR will force programmatic advertising to evolve in 2020

GDPR replaced the Data Protection Directive in 2018, and for companies who use programmatic advertising, it could be the key to boosting their campaigns.

What exactly GDPR will mean for programmatic advertising in 2020:

  • Fewer targets, but more relevant ones
  • Personalization could be impacted but will evolve
  • Omnichannel programmatic will become more important

Full article: GDPR will force programmatic advertising to evolve in 2020 — and that’s a good thing

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