In January, the European Commission presented its draft of the new ePrivacy Regulation. The regulation has been met with resistance from industry lobbyists who argue that the General Data Protection Regulation should be sufficient. However, the commission points out that although the GDPR covers many issues related to data protection, it does not specifically cover the right to confidentiality of communications and the right to freedom of expression, both protected in the EU Charter. On April 11, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee held its first major hearing on the topic, bringing together representatives from the commission, industry, civil society, data protection authorities, and academia. EU correspondent Jennifer Baker was there and has the story in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor.
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