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Europe’s digital content rules ‘must protect consumer data’

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced that the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content opens up an opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection. The contracts will serve to enhance the protection of consumers who are required to disclose data as a condition for the supply of digital goods, said the EU's top privacy official Giovanni Buttarelli in his opinion on the proposal. As Telecom Paper reports, he also warns that the proposed directive should avoid unintentional interference with the data protection rights and obligations set down by the EU last year in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in the EU from May 2018. He urges the EU to “avoid inadvertently interfering with the rules specified in the GDPR and to be covered in the future ePrivacy Regulation, as doing so could create legal uncertainty.” In addition, the supervisor highlights the risk of confusion for consumers and business of any new provisions in EU law which appear to treat personal information, whose protection is a fundamental right, as a commodity. “Individuals should not be required to disclose personal data in ‘payment’ for an online service. Rather, their rights and interests should be safeguarded by coherent application of up-to-date rules in the consumer and data protection area,” he said. See more  and opinion at here.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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