With the GDPR on the horizon, the EU is now overhauling and expanding the reach of the more specific privacy rules which relate to direct marketing, cookies and other forms of online monitoring. The ability of social media and messaging services to track users is one of many areas touched on in the European Commission's newly proposed ePrivacy Regulation, which was officially unveiled last week. We highlight some key impacts for the tech and media sectors, provided the proposed draft passes through the legislative process without dramatic changes. Businesses should incorporate these new requirements into their GDPR readiness planning. Why are the rules being updated?
The second trilogue negotiation is, according to this previously released (unofficial) timetable for completion, scheduled for today, 14 July. This second meeting will focus on the issues of territorial scope (Article 3) and international transfers (Chapter V). For Datonomy readers with the stamina to read it, this 682 page document dated 8 July, but not yet uploaded to the Council’s website, has been leaked by Statewatch. It is a line-by-line table comparing the Commission, EP and Council’s respective negotiating positions on the whole Regulation. The issues of data security, data breach notification and processor obligations contained in Chapter IV of the draft, according to the above unofficial timetable, are not due to be negotiated until September. Although there are some differences of detail between the institutions’ positions, this is one of the less contentious aspects of the Regulation, and the leaked document does not contain any surprises as regards … Continue Reading ››
The latest responses by the UK government and the ICO to the EU reform proposals will (mostly) resonate with businesses concerned about some of the more far-reaching changes. The latest developments and time line Datonomy has been taking stock of two recent UK developments: the Government's response to the Justice Select Committee's opinion on the European Data Protection framework proposals published by the MOJ on 11 January, and the "latest views from the ICO" 2 –pager on 22 January. Datonomy readers are no doubt au fait with the intricacies of the EU legislative process, but may nonetheless enjoy the blog post by Deputy Commissioner David Smith with its helpful insight into the current state of play and user friendly time line. Despite the strength of the European Parliament's support for the Commission's proposals, it still has a way to go, procedurally speaking. And not everyone shares the EP's wholehearted support for every aspect … Continue Reading ››