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Volume: 14 Issue: 6
(June 2017)

eprivacy electronic communications eu data reform transparency


EU: LIBE Committee releases ePrivacy draft report

The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (‘LIBE’) Committee of the European Parliament released, on 9 June 2017, its draft report (‘the Draft Report’) on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Privacy and Electronic Communications (‘the Draft ePrivacy Regulation’), which aims to repeal Directive 2002/58/EC.

Dr. Carlo Piltz, Attorney at Reuschlaw, said, “One does not need magic to realise that the Draft Report is specifically aimed at strengthening the rights of users. One interesting new proposal is Amendment 15, Recital 16a (new), which foresees that parties involved in the processing of location data and other metadata should make public their methods of anonymisation and further aggregation. Hence, the Draft Report proposes to oblige companies to make their anonymisation techniques public and thereby enhance transparency. Another positive aspect for users is the obligation to provide information about the processing of information in or from terminal equipment separate to the terms and conditions of the service. This will also constitute another burden for companies and in practice might only have the effect of a further formality, without users taking notice of this information.”

Once final, the Draft Report will be presented to the European Parliament.

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