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ePrivacy Regulation

Do not let the EU sell our right to privacy

The European Union is about to change the rules protecting of our privacy through a new ePrivacy Regulation.

On 26 October 2017, the European Parliament adopted a first text. Now, it’s up to the Member States to adopt a joint position.

Here are the four measures threatening our privacy.

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Analysis of communications

  • Today, our messages, our calls, and the websites we visit cannot be analysed without our consent.
  • Tomorrow, our consent may no longer be required: companies will be free to use such information for commercial purposes.

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  • Today, companies are not allowed to geolocate us using data emitted by our devices, without our consent.
  • Tomorrow, this restriction will vanish: our consent will no longer be required.

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Online tracking

  • Today, companies shall not track our website visits without our consent. However, this notion of consent has become less and less effective over time.
  • Tomorrow, consent may regain its strength, but some MEPs simply want to make it optional.

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State surveillance

  • Today, the EU’s Member States can already compel communications service providers (telephone, Internet, messaging) to hand over access to communications or to retain information on their users, for purposes that are far too broad.
  • Tomorrow, such surveillance could be limited to targeted individuals and only be permitted to fight and tackle most serious crimes.

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Act now!

The easiest way to act is by informing people around us and drawing their attention on this issue which affects us all. Spreading the message can be as simple as sharing our website on Twitter or Facebook or by email.

In 2017, due to our advocacy efforts and thanks to mobilization of everybody who supported our work via the PiPhone, we could push back the worst threats tabled in Parliament, which adopted its position on 19 October.

Thus, our future actions will face Member States which are now required to find a joint position in the forthcoming months. This site will be updated as soon as new opportunities of collective mobilization will open up!