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Daily Dashboard | Albrecht: ePrivacy reg will change business models Related reading: New for PSR: 'Strategic Privacy by Design'

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German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, known for his work navigating the General Data Protection Regulation through the European Parliament, says the proposed ePrivacy Regulation will prompt businesses to change their business models from the current online advertising ecosystem, EUobserver reports. Reforms in the regulation include cookies on websites. Albrecht says citizens will pay for quality content and that the regulation "will maybe support the media industry in getting there." Critics of the regulation, however, including the European Newspaper Publishers Association, say the reforms will stymie free online journalism and allow the bigger players in the market to consolidate. ENPA President Carlo Perrone said, "The regulation will impact directly at the heart of press revenues in the digital environment." Editor's Note: During last week's IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress, German MEP Birgit Sippel said the regulation will "abolish surveillance-driven advertising." 
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  • comment Thomas Palsbjørn-Pedersen • Nov 27, 2017
    Normally being on the side of more regulation of the big players, I'm very concerned that this will lead to a Facebook and Google regime over our news-reading habits etc.
    My concern is that the necessity to get consent from users will be impossible for the small players, so not only will it lead to consolidation to a few major players - it is even more likely that all other news outlets will be forced to publish their data through Facebook and Google as portals. Essentially, this will render those 2 as the monopolized content controllers of all news. 
    My concern is based on what Amazon Marketplace has essentially meant for online sales - it sucks up all competition and forces others to sell through their portal, while keeping data for themselves.
    The dystopian result is in my mind the most likely result - since it will be "easy" for Google and Facebook to just get consent once, whereas the media can't get everyone to sign up for paid services.