Brave, a privacy-enhancing browser, has written to all 28 European Union member states urging them not to remove the Article 10 provision on privacy by design and by default from the pending ePrivacy Regulation. In a blog post, Brave's Johnny Ryan wrote, "The Council of Ministers is weighing not only how best to protect privacy, but also publisher sustainability and the future of the Digital Single Market. We believe these things are compatible." The letters also, "perhaps for the first time," call attention "to flawed research that may have unduly influenced the Council." That research, Ryan argues, "purported to show how heavily publishers depend on tracking-based advertising for their revenue, whereas in fact its authors included Google and Facebook's own enormous tracking-based advertising revenue without saying so."
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