On October 19, 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs narrowly voted to approve an amended version of the e-Privacy Regulation. The committee vote is an important step in the process within the European Parliament.
Electronic devices are no longer a luxury; for most, electronic devices are imperative for daily tasks. We rely on digital technologies to simplify and generate information on transportation schedules, exact location or allow us to video chat with friends and family; perhaps rate and recommend local attractions or restaurants to other users.
In new data-driven world, the mobile industry is focused on building the trust and confidence of users and, in so doing, enabling data innovation that benefits citizens. However, this will hinge on the implementation of consistent and balanced rules for data privacy.
The big vote on the ePrivacy Regulation in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will be delayed by at least a week. Originally scheduled for Oct. 12, agreement among MEPs on the text has been difficult to reach.
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On September 8, 2017, the Council of the European Union published its proposed revisions to the draft ePrivacy Regulation, which was first published by the European Commission in January 2016. The revisions have been made based on written comments and discussions involving the Working Party for Telecommunications and Information Society and serve as a discussion for further meetings of the group in late September 2017.
GDPR was supposed to establish what sort of data sites can collect without asking for an opt-in. However, a part of GDPR that’s still being drafted – called the ePrivacy Regulations – requires an opt-in for any data that is collected. This stance contradicts the more permissive parts of the GDPR, and it’s creating consternation among publishers, who argue that those with the largest audiences will have an easier time collecting opt-ins than smaller companies. This situation will allow power to accrue to only a handful of powerful players with large audiences.
In scenes reminiscent of the last days of GDPR drafting, lobbyists from the advertising industry queued up to give European plans for the ePrivacy regulation a kicking.
The Future Media Lounge event sponsored by EDAA (the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance) focused on “the potential implications of the proposed ePrivacy regulation on a free, independent, pluralistic and vibrant press across Europe.”