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EU's New E-Privacy Rules Expand Its Authority Over Tech Cos.

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 10:36 PM EST) -- The European Commission floated a draft regulation Tuesday that will expose tech companies outside the traditional telecom space — including Facebook, Google and Apple — to stricter privacy rules on electronic communications, but the proposed regime's cross-border uniformity and eased customer-consent requirements could make the changes easier to swallow.

The highly anticipated Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications would modernize and replace the bloc's e-privacy directive, which was enacted in 2002 and was last updated in 2009.

While the current directive applies to only traditional telecom providers, the more binding regulation proposed by the European Commission would extend notice, consent, confidentiality...

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