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Council of the EU Released a New Draft of the ePrivacy Regulation

On January 5, 2021, the Council of the European Union released a new, draft version of the ePrivacy Regulation.

The Portuguese Presidency’s substantive amendments to the draft regulation propose to “simplify the text and to further align it with the GDPR,” and further “reflect the lex specialis relation of ePrivacy to the GDPR.”  In this respect, the Portuguese Presidency follows the same approach taken by the previous Presidencies of the Council.

Source: Council of the EU Released a (New) Draft of the ePrivacy Regulation | Inside Privacy

Facebook and Instagram disable features in Europe

The company says some of its messaging features may need to be adapted to comply with EU rules.

From 21 December, messaging apps will fall under EU rules known as the ePrivacy directive.

There’s nothing in the ePrivacy directive that bans the use of fun stickers or polls in messaging apps, so Facebook’s move to disable them is a bit puzzling.

Source: Facebook and Instagram disable features in Europe – BBC News

Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

Apple has strongly denied claims from privacy campaigners that it has breached Europe’s ePrivacy directive through its Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA).

The non-profit campaign group Noyb said that the Apple operating system on iPhones creates IDFA without the user’s knowledge or consent, thereby breaching Europe’s Privacy Directive.

However a spokesperson for Apple, responding to the allegations, said: “The claims made against Apple in this complaint are factually inaccurate and we look forward to making that clear to privacy regulators should they examine the complaint. Apple does not access or use the IDFA on a user’s device for any purpose.

Source: Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool

A privacy group Noyb has filed complaints with the German and Spanish data protection authorities under the EU’s Cookie Law against Apple over a tool in iOS 14 that allegedly tracks iPhone user behaviour without consent.

The group claims that Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) activates when a user sets up an iPhone without offering a chance to consent or even notifying them of its existence.

Source: Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool | IT PRO

Industry groups urge Europe to reject privacy proposal

Industry associations GSMA and ETNO called on European Union member states to reject a proposal for tightening rules on communication services metadata processing, warning the approach would impede innovation and development of Europe’s data economy.

The two organisations issued a joint statement after Germany proposed a change in EU’s ePrivacy Regulation to restrict the use of pseudonymised metadata in communication services.

Source: Industry groups urge Europe to reject privacy proposal – Mobile World Live

German Presidency charts new COVID19 ‘metadata’ rules in leaked ePrivacy text

The German EU Council presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for ‘monitoring epidemics’ or to help in ‘natural or man-made disasters,’ according to a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation.

However, the Germans’ proposal on the highly controversial ePrivacy regulation has at the same time withdrawn the ‘legitimate interest’ provision for the general processing of metadata, included in earlier versions of the text.

Source: German Presidency charts new COVID19 ‘metadata’ rules in leaked ePrivacy text – EURACTIV.com

‘Accept cookies’ banners are undermining privacy

Amid the flurry of new privacy laws over the past few years like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies resorted to accept cookies banners as a means of compliance. But are they actually working?

A recent study shows they may actually undermine EU privacy laws. The EU even released new guidelines this spring saying that companies cannot require users to accept cookies to access their website—because consent is only valid if it’s freely given, not in the form of a cookie wall that demands it.

Full article: Data privacy: ‘Accept cookies’ banners are undermining it | Fortune

ICO probes complaints following allegations Wagamama used Covid-19 track and trace data to survey customers

Wagamama customers in the UK have allegedly been sent a survey after sharing contact details for Covid-19 contact tracing, The Times reports. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is now making enquiries after receiving a number of complaints about the restaurant chain.

UK regulations state that hospitality venues including restaurants must ask at least one member of every party of customers to provide their name and contact details or use a QR code. Some customers reportedly received a survey after sharing contact details with Wagamama, despite not granting permission.

Source: ICO probes complaints following allegations Wagamama used Covid-19 track and trace data to survey customers

EU Council Presidency Releases Progress Report on Draft ePrivacy Regulation

On June 3, 2020, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (“the Presidency”) published a progress report on the proposed 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), better known as “the Draft ePrivacy Regulation”.

The Progress Report highlights that the most important modification introduced by the Presidency in the latest draft ePrivacy Regulation is the possibility of relying on the “legitimate interest” ground to (1) process electronic communications’ metadata, and (2) place cookies or similar technologies on end-users’ terminals, subject to specific conditions and safeguards.

Source: EU Council Presidency Releases Progress Report on Draft ePrivacy Regulation

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

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