NEWS12 January 2017

EU wants tighter privacy rules

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BELGIUM – The European Commission has proposed new legislation to ensure stronger privacy in all electronic communications – including newer providers such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Gmail and iMessage.

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The measures would see the new rules aligned with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the Digital Single Market said: “I want to ensure confidentiality of electronic communications and privacy. Our draft ePrivacy Regulation strikes the right balance: it provides a high level of protection for consumers, while allowing businesses to innovate.”

As well as the new privacy rules covering new electronic communications providers the other proposals include: privacy for both content and metadata without users consent – although if consent is given companies will have more opportunities to use the data; simpler cookie rules so users are more in control of their settings; protection against spam so unsolicited electronic comms is banned without user consent.


1 Comment

6 years ago

Privacy?....well the tech companies already know exactly where I am at every single moment of the day, they know all my appointments, which hotel I stay at, all my personal details, where I live, where my devices are, what I looked at online, where I'm going tomorrow, who all my connections are online, which e-mail I use, what's in all my e-mails, what gifts I bought for Christmas....I signed up to and agreed to very little of this. So good luck unpicking all that.

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