E-privacy: civil society association mobils against tracking

E-PRIVACY: Civil Society Association Mobils against Tracking

With the consecutive EU reform of data protection in electronic communications, legal leaching should be closed and gray zones are brightened, "abused by the tracking industry in a coarse extent" will. This demands an alliance from 30 civil society organizations for digital human and consumer rights in an open letter to the EU Parliament.

Sharp criticism of EU governments

The signatories of the letter, including Access Now, Amnesty International, the Consumer Association BEUC, the Civil Liberties Union For Europe, Digital Courage, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Network Privacy Expertise and Privacy International, the Network Privacy Expertise and Privacy International. fixed line of the EU Council of Ministers on the Planned E-Privacy Regulation. You warn: Member States wanted to largely eliminate the protection of users from tracking and monitoring through cookies and other technical means.

Collecting or storing data on the device of a user can only be permitted with its approval, the covenant supports the position of Parliament already adopted in 2017. An exception thirst can only exist if such an analysis is technically necessary for a desired service.

Also important is a ban on "Tracking or Cookie Walls", The users should force their personal data in return for access to news content. This also shredded the Council. In addition, EU countries had deleted articles that users should relieve in browsers through technical data protection settings. It is about automating the selection of consent and "Use legally binding signals from hardware or software" to be able to transfer to a website or app.

Appeal to parliament

If it goes according to the council, users had to go according to the Burgerrellers "Place the persistent loading of approval banners. These tried, with unethical design tricks like "Dark Patterns" to manipulate. Member States also legitimized "Unbroken and clearing against data protection law", which were taken approximately with the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The organizations therefore appeal to the members of the EU Parliament to stick to their previous attitude. Personal information in the field of electronic communications are extremely sensitive because they "Illocate intimate aspects of individual individuals". The hedges given by the Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO) should therefore urgent and not soften. Here is no place for lazy compromises. The negotiations between the EU bodies are expected to begin in May.

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