OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications (ePrivacy Regulation) (7 September 2017)

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EP JURI Committee Meeting – 7 September 2017
18.  Respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)
– Consideration of amendments
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The Rapporteur Axel Voss (EPP, DE) 

  • 470 amendments had been tabled in the Committee;
  • his position on the proposal was well known. He described the Commission’s proposal as a “medium-sized catastrophe” because it did not address the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • users would find it incomprehensible why the same sets of data needed to be addressed by two different legislative regimes. It did not promote the data economy;
  • he stated that the amendments were varied, and he was curious about the compromises that could be “hammered out”.

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, DE) read out a statement on the behalf of  Mady Delvaux (S&D, LU)

  • her group did not follow the line of the Rapporteur. The ePrivacy Regulation was necessary to complete the GDPR;
  • it was important to protect the private lives of citizens while permitting the functioning and development of services;
  • from reading the amendments, it appeared that the other groups also supported the view of the S&D and she hoped that the Rapporteur would take this into consideration.

Max Andersson (Greens/EFA, SE)

  • his group supported the proposal and was broadly in agreement with the report in the LIBE Committee;
  • he was looking forward to the compromise amendments, and that he was worried about the timetable.

Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD, IT)

  • the EU was at vanguard of digital privacy but there was room for improvement;
  • she shared the concerns of the Rapporteur on the fact that the proposal referred to texts which were not yet in force;
  • the digital environment had specificities and it was technically complex. She thought it was important to have ad hoc measures that prevailed over more general rules;
  • her group felt that it was important to extend the scope of the proposal to metadata that was provided by major service providers because there was a wide variety of devices, including devices under the Internet of Things;
  • it needed to be ensured that the data did not leave the EU unnecessarily under the rules of the Privacy Shield.

Joëlle Bergeron (EFDD, FR)

  • she thought that it was legitimate that the Directive was being updated on the basis of technical advances;
  • the Commission’s text went in the right direction, and now it was up to the Parliament to make the necessary adjustments;
  • it was not going against the Charter of Fundamental Rights or the GDPR;
  • regarding Article 11, she stated that it was important that EU law prevailed over national law except in those cases where it affected the security and defence of Member States;
  • third-party cookies did not need to be banned. A proper framework for their use was necessary;
  • confidentiality and privacy rules had to be set in a proper framework and users should be able to refuse unsolicited communications.

Source: One Policy Place

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