EU Regulators Mostly Back Sweeping E-Privacy Rules

Law360, New York (April 10, 2017, 7:47 PM EDT) -- The European Union’s independent data protection authority, otherwise known as the Article 29 Working Party, has mostly thrown its support behind a recent proposal for tighter online privacy rules by the European Commission, calling it an important step that fills holes in new regulations approved last year.

Back in January, the commission unveiled the Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, an e-privacy directive that would, among other things, expose tech companies outside the traditional telecom space — including Facebook, Google and Apple — to stricter privacy rules on electronic communications. Under the proposal, communication companies including the tech giants must also...

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