EU parliament votes for ePrivacy Regulation

EU parliament has voted for a strong mandate of ePrivacy Regulation. Thereby trilogue between EU-Parliament, Comission and Council regarding the final text can begin. Read in this article how many members voted for and against the ePrivacy Regulationand that is included in ePrivacy Regulation.

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ePrivacy Regulation will be one of the central topics, when privacy institutions, privacy officers and data protection specialists from all over the world come together in Berlin in May 2018.

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Data protection activists were looking towards Strasbourg with mixed feelings on Thursday, October 26. One the one hand content with the version of ePrivacy Regulation, that had been passed the week before by the LIBE Committee, they were uncertain if a majority vote would be reached in the plenary session of the EU parliament.

That ePrivacy is a highly controversial topic became clear in the plenary: While other votes were passed within seconds, speakers took the floor before and after the vote. Result of the vote: Of the 618 members in the EU parliament 318 voted for while 280 voted against this version of the ePrivacy Regulation.20 abstained from the vote.

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Main points of ePrivacy Regulation

We compiled the main points of the ePrivacy Regulation in a nutshell. Find the full version here. für Sie in aller Kürze zusammengefasst.

    • Data processing

Companies are allowed to use meta data of customers for commercial purposes with express consent only.

    • Online tracking

Users of apps and browsers must be able to withdraw their consent to the usage of data easily with a “Do not track” function.

    • Privacy als Standard

The ePrivacy Regulation supports privacy by design. “Do Not Track” shall be the default setting.

    • Tracking of movement

Location based data of users (for example by tracking smartphones via Bluetooth or Wifi networks) may only be collected temporarily or with the express consent of a user.

    • Cryptography

Companies must make use of modern cryptography technologies. Only users themselves are allowed to encrypt their secure data.

  • Transparency

Exceptions in which a government can monitor private communications will still exist (for example prosecution), but surveillance must be documented in a more transparent manner.


picture: screenshot of EU parliament livestream