About: e-Privacy

Digital 14-11-2017

Lead MEP: member states’ slow pace on ePrivacy is unacceptable

Different political groups need to accept the European Parliament’s agreement on the draft ePrivacy regulation, even though conservative and centre-right MEPs opposed the bill, Birgit Sippel said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Digital 19-10-2017

MEPs approve ePrivacy bill amid political fight

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) approved stricter new privacy rules for telecoms services and apps like WhatsApp and Skype that divided political groups and drew backlash from the telecoms and tech industries.

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Data protection 09-10-2017

Striking the right ePrivacy balance to foster digital innovation

The mobile ecosystem is flourishing, providing a platform for innovation that is generating employment opportunities and spurring the creation of new services, writes Afke Schaart.

Data protection 05-10-2017

Death on Facebook: Lawyers push for EU rules on digital inheritance

A group of lawyers are pressuring EU legislators to propose rules that could force internet platforms to hand over data that belongs to another person who had died or is being cared for.

Cybersecurity 27-09-2017

EU digital official: Cyber threats know no borders

Linda Cogruedo Steneberg, Director at the the European Commission's DG Connect , revealed how the EU executive is trying to extend broadband coverage and democratise the internet, as well as protecting our privacy as hacker attacks become more commonplace. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Digital 19-09-2017

A call for innovation-friendly ePrivacy rules

The EU's draft ePrivacy regulation risks crippling innovative cloud computing services, writes Kim Gagné.

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MEP Marju Lauristin on e-Privacy and Data Protection
Digital 04-09-2017

MEP Marju Lauristin on e-Privacy and Data Protection

MEP Marju Lauristin believes that the GDPR is already well known to people from all kinds of companies: “They [companies] come and say that they are starting to implement it and really, for them, now, it is very inspiring."

Digital 08-08-2017

Member states ask for new EU data retention rules

Several EU member states want to include new rules allowing for data retention in a draft privacy bill.

Digital 16-05-2017

Member states want looser data rules in draft ePrivacy bill

EU member states are divided over a proposal to change privacy rules for telecoms operators, with some countries calling for looser rules on when they can use consumers' personal data.

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Digital 08-05-2017

European Digital Single Market review

Stakeholders, including country representatives, consumer advocates and digital economy players rate Europe's Digital Single Market proposals using emojis ahead of the European Commission releasing its DSM midterm review.

Digital 10-04-2017

Europe’s digital union is stuck in Brussels

A draft EU telecoms law could cause major economic growth and create jobs, but there is a high risk it could be diluted by the Brussels compromise machine, write Steven Tas and Lise Fuhr.

Digital 10-01-2017

Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules

Telecoms providers will face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover if they're caught breaking new EU privacy rules that will also hit firms processing vast amounts of machine data in the internet of things.

Digital 22-12-2016

EU top court rules against bulk retention of emails

The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday (21 December) against the bulk retention of emails and other electronic data by EU member states, such as that under new British legislation.

Digital 05-08-2016

WhatsApp and Skype targeted in Commission’s revamp of telecoms laws

Internet companies like WhatsApp and Skype are worried they'll have to comply with new EU telecoms laws for the first time when the European Commission proposes a legislative overhaul this September.

Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.

Digital 14-04-2016

Parliament approves privacy rules after record number of amendments

MEPs approved new EU privacy rules today (14 April), including a regulation on consumer privacy that drew the aggressive ire of lobbyists during its four-year run through negotiations in the European Parliament.

The European Commission plans to propose legislation on the ePrivacy directive in 2017
Digital 14-01-2016

Commission to propose reform of ePrivacy directive in 2017

The European Commission announced it will come out with a legislative proposal to reform the ePrivacy directive in mid-2017.

Digital 08-09-2014

Google hosts meetings across Europe on privacy rights

A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings on Tuesday to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information, following a May court ruling that reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten".

EU Court slams Data Retention Directive

The EU directive imposing data retention obligations on electronic communications services, such as telecoms operators or Internet access providers, is no longer valid, said the European Court of Justice in a landmark ruling.

Digital 21-02-2013

MEPs vote against EU-wide fines for online privacy breaches

European Parliament lawmakers voted on Wednesday (20 February) against mandatory fines of up to 2% of global turnover for companies caught breaching consumer privacy, potentially limiting the impact of new data protection rules on the internet.

Mobile, ICT sectors call for EU data privacy reform

The EU needs to tackle discrepancies between the proposed Data Protection Regulation and the 2002 ePrivacy Directive because they could create inconsistent privacy experiences and rights for consumers, say trade organisations representing the mobile and ICT sectors.

Google told to change its privacy policy

In an unprecedented move, the European Union's national data protection regulators have asked Google to make changes to its new privacy policy to protect the rights of its users.

Digital 04-06-2012

Commission launches e-identity initiative

The European Commission will publish today (4 June) a proposal to encourage the take up of e-signatures and e-identities across Europe, gathering praise from companies but raising a controversial debate around the protection of privacy and the security of personal data.

Brussels wants e-identities for EU citizens

The European Commission is set to launch a substantial review of rules governing personal documents with the aim of making electronic identities take off across the EU. But the proposal faces likely opposition from civil rights groups and member states where identity cards do not exist.