In wake of Facebook scandal, EU must back up data protection regulation with new ePrivacy laws, warn Labour MEPs

To further guard against a repeat of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, national governments must back the European Parliament’s ePrivacy proposals that will complement the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Labour MEPs urged as the parliament this week condemned the abuse of citizens’ data and election manipulation.

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said:

“While we have strong protections for the personal data of European citizens coming into force with the implementation of the data protection regulation in May, further protections for citizens’ communications data are needed, and the parliament’s position on ePrivacy regulation provides many of the answers.

“The ePrivacy laws are needed to determine how and under what circumstances communications data can be used and that the consent of the user may be required.

“The position of national governments is troubling and we urge them to come to the negotiating table as soon as possible to ensure negotiations can start on the ePrivacy regulation, which will be pivotal for the effective protection of European citizens’ data.

“MEPs have led the way in putting forward solutions to better protect citizens’ data, first on the GDPR and now on ePrivacy – it is now time for national governments to back our proposals and join us in our commitment to give European citizens the privacy protections they deserve.”