About: e-Privacy

New EU rules that will allow online messaging services to scan content for suspected abuse material should ensure that 'error rates are as low as possible' in terms of mistakes in identifying legal adult sexual content transmitted in online communications, an EU source close to the talks has informed EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 10-02-2021

Council wants ‘low error rates’ for sexting in new online abuse rules

New EU rules that will allow online messaging services to scan content for suspected abusive material should ensure that 'error rates are as low as possible' in identifying legal adult sexual content transmitted in online communications, an EU source close to the talks told EURACTIV.
The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has pitched a new text on the controversial ePrivacy regulation, focussing on the processing of communications metadata and data stored on end-user equipment, the proposal obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital & Media 08-02-2021

Revealed: Portugal’s plans to conclude ePrivacy saga

The Portuguese presidency of the EU has pitched a new text on the controversial ePrivacy regulation, focusing on the processing of communications metadata and data stored on end-user equipment, according to the latest proposal, obtained by EURACTIV.
The German Presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital & Media 05-11-2020

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 obtained by EURACTIV.
Data protection 04-04-2020

Smartphone vs virus, is privacy always going to be the loser?

In Europe, officials, doctors and engineers are looking at how smartphones could be enlisted in the war against the spread of the new coronavirus.
Data protection 03-12-2019

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal

The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.
Energy 24-10-2018

Power sector ‘concerned’ about new EU data privacy rules

A proposed ePrivacy regulation currently under discussion at EU level would hurt new business models in the clean energy sector, which are “almost all” based on the collection and treatment of data by home equipment and smart meters, warns an industry coalition.
Data protection 31-05-2018

Industry groups amp up lobby campaign to topple ePrivacy bill

Dozens of industry associations have made a last-ditch effort to water down the draft ePrivacy legislation before national telecoms ministers gather to discuss the file next week in Luxembourg.
Data protection 15-05-2018

Commission demands EU leaders approve deadlocked ePrivacy bill

The European Commission is amping up pressure on EU leaders to approve a controversial privacy bill, deadlocked in legal talks for more than a year, after the data breach scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
Data protection 13-02-2018

German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

A German consumer rights group said on Monday (12 February) that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the US social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.
Digital & Media 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.
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.
Digital & Media 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 & Media 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.
Digital & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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 & Media 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.