The Council of the European Union's Bulgarian presidency has released a progress report on the draft ePrivacy Regulation ahead of a council meeting June 8. The report offers several updates to the ePR, including its scope and link to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the processing of electronic communications content and metadata, the protection of terminal equipment information, privacy settings, data retention, and direct marketing communications, among others. The processing of metadata and corresponding balance between privacy and innovation "has been one of the main concerns of the Member States," and, the report notes, the "topic remains one of the most sensitive issues." The presidency also "introduced significant changes to Article 10 on privacy settings," most notably that providers of software will be "only obliged ... to inform end-users about these settings" rather than required. Annex II of the report lists three main questions for debate at the upcoming council meeting. Editor's Note: The IAPP Resource Center features a landing page for all things ePR.
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