About: ePrivacy

Data protection 29-04-2021

LEAKED: Trialogue negotiations close to agreement on ePrivacy derogation, sources say

EU lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on a controversial regulation aimed at combating child sexual abuse online, according to a leaked compromise document obtained by EURACTIV. The negotiating process is ‘possible to likely’ to end on Wednesday (29 April), sources involved in the talks between national governments and MEPs told this website.
Data protection 16-04-2021

Google backs EU plans to fight child sexual abuse

Google has said it backs the need for a derogation from the ePrivacy directive and supports the notion of creating a European centre that would cover law enforcement, prevention and victim support at the EU level.
Data protection 16-04-2021

France to decide whether to allow widespread retention of connection data

France's Council of State, the country's highest legal entity, is meeting on Friday (16 April) to finally decide whether to allow the widespread retention of connection data despite the Court of Justice in Luxembourg having already ruled against the practice several times. EURACTIV France reports.
The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Portuguese Presidency rebuts Vestager’s concerns about ePrivacy proposal

The Portuguese Presidency of the EU has rebutted claims from the Commission's Executive Vice-President for Digital, Margarethe Vestager, that the country's prosed text for the ePrivacy regulation poses a risk to EU data protection standards as outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Politics 22-03-2021

EU’s Vestager has ‘reservations’ about online privacy proposals

Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice-president of the European Commission, said on Friday (19 March) that she has "reservations" about a proposal from the Portuguese EU Presidency to unblock negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation.
There were mixed emotions yesterday (10 February), as the EU Council finally managed to adopt a position on widespread new data protection rules, as part of the so-called ePrivacy regulation. 
Digital & Media 11-02-2021

Mixed emotions as Council finally adopts position on ePrivacy text

The EU Council finally managed to adopt a position on widespread new data protection rules on Wednesday (10 February), as part of the so-called ePrivacy regulation, although Germany and Austria abstained from voting and Berlin's data protection authority called for 'significant changes' to the text.
Dating apps and videoconferencing tools could come under the scope of new EU efforts to monitor online communications in a bid to stamp out child sexual abuse material, internal documents obtained by EURACTIV reveal.
Digital & Media 21-01-2021

Dating apps and videoconferencing could be monitored in new EU data rules

Dating apps and videoconferencing tools could come under the scope of new EU efforts to monitor online communications in a bid to stamp out child sexual abuse material, internal documents obtained by EURACTIV reveal.
The EU's proposed Online Terrorist Content Regulation and the Intertim Regulation on child abuse materials raise serious fundamental rights concerns, says Eliška Pírková.
Digital & Media 19-11-2020

The fundamental rights concerns at the heart of new EU online content rules

The EU's proposed Online Terrorist Content Regulation and the Intertim Regulation on child abuse materials raise serious fundamental rights concerns, says Eliška Pírková.
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.
Digital & Media 07-07-2020

Altmaier argues against ‘international monopolies’ in the platform economy

A "well-regulated" platform economy should allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to compete fairly and should not lead to the formation of "international monopolies", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday (7 July).
Data protection 26-03-2020

EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
Digital & Media 10-03-2020

The ePrivacy Regulation saga three years on

EURACTIV takes a look at what has happened during the three years while the Commission’s proposal has been stuck in the legislative process. The Croatian Presidency is the latest member state with responsibility to resolve the ePrivacy Regulation conundrum. The...
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.
Data protection 24-11-2019

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countries failed to agree on the scope of proposed rules.
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.
Digital & Media 07-09-2018

ePrivacy: Over-regulation or opportunity?

As debate over the draft ePrivacy Regulation resumes, it transpires that economic research from the ad tech lobby has grossly misled the European Parliament and the Council, writes Dr Johnny Ryan.
Data protection 03-09-2018

EU Elections 2019: Data protection a priority for next parliament, forecast shows

The next European Parliament is likely to offer citizens better protection of their data, according to a study conducted by a leading European think tank. At the same time, concerns are growing about the adequacy of an EU-US deal on exchanging personal data across the Atlantic.
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 19-04-2018

After Facebook scandal, MEPs argue the GDPR isn’t enough

The EU needs more legal safeguards to prevent massive privacy breaches like the current scandal over Facebook and British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, MEPs from different political parties argued on Wednesday (18 April).
Digital & Media 29-03-2018

Gabriel: Facebook users ‘need to know what happened with their data’

Facebook users “need to know what happened with their data” following reports over a week ago that millions of profiles on the social media platform were secretly used to help political campaigns, EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said.
Digital & Media 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.
Politics 27-10-2017

Tweets of the Week: Me Too, Glyphosate, and ePrivacy

"Me too" hashtag sparks harassment debate, Commission loses over glyphosate hate, and ePrivacy vote opens lobby floodgate.
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.