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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...
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