A group of researchers from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam published a report on the state of the European Commission’s proposed ePrivacy Regulation, The Register reports. In it, they found the ePrivacy Regulation needs significant revisions in four major areas, including sections involving location tracking, browser and default settings, tracking walls, and the confidentiality of communications. The report states the location tracking proposal within the ePrivacy Regulation, where information emitted from users’ devices could be obtained, would undermine the General Data Protection Regulation. “We recommend that collecting Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals should only be allowed after the individual's informed consent. There should be exceptions to that consent requirement, but only as far as strictly necessary to enable the device to connect to another device,” they write. Editor's Note: Jennifer Baker reported on the 800 amendments submitted for the ePrivacy Regulation in this piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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