Online privacy law takes first place

World October 19, 2017 13:18

brussels - Better privacy protection of users of services like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger and Skype is one step closer. The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties voted on Thursday with the adaptation of legislation to ensure the confidentiality of electronic communications.

Internet browsers and apps should default to 'privacy-friendly'. 'Data may only be used for the purpose for which you consented,' said D66-European Parliamentary Sophie in 't Veld.

Tracking users through cookies, called tracking, is subject to stricter conditions. According to In 't Veld, that is also beneficial for companies because they have to keep the same rules in all 28 Member States.

Judith Sargentini (GroenLinks) is also pleased. According to her, the European Parliament takes privacy over the interests of industry. 'In spite of the heavy lobby, a majority finds that citizens need better protection against business crashes.'

The European Commission presented the ePrivacy proposal in January. The Member States still have to negotiate with the EU parliament.

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