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obligations on electronic communications services, such as telecoms operators or Internet access providers, is no longer valid, said the European Court of Justice in a landmark ruling.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