Corporate powerhouses like Facebook and Google are pressuring MEPs to water down the ePrivacy Regulation. They want to make it harder for users to activate privacy protections rather than have protections built into browsers and apps by design.
But a better, user-centric Internet is within our grasp. As a compliment to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a stronger ePrivacy Regulation could rein in corporate survelliance, and a vote is expected as early as next week. Now is the moment to tell your MEPs to strengthen privacy protections.
Use the bullet points below to help write your own letter to your MEPs.
- Privacy features on browsers and apps should be turned on by default. Users deserve an Internet with privacy built in, not privacy by option.
- Cookie-walls should be banned because they deny users access to websites unless they consent to being tracked across the Internet. Agreeing to being surveilled is not an acceptable trade for accessing web content.
- A loophole currently allows third parties to collect data for analytics and must be closed. MEPs must clarify the text to make sure no loopholes are allowed.
- Any language that legitimises corporate surveillance has no place in the ePrivacy Regulation.