Ecommerce Europe attends high-level stakeholder event on data protection

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Ecommerce Europe issued its opinion on the new Data Protection Regulation during an event organised by EuroCommerce on 28 November. As Ecommerce Europe’s partner in European Affairs, EuroCommerce invited the European Parliament’s opinion rapporteurs Lara Comi (IMCO) and Sean Kelly (ITRE). Other important speakers were Peter Hustinx (European Data Protection Supervisor) and Laura Corrado (Devoutly Head of Unit Data Protection at DG Justice, the European Commission).

Speakers from the industry were Graham Wynn (EuroCommerce), Neil Paterson (TESCO), Kostas Rossoglou (BEUC) and Léon Mölenberg on behalf of Ecommerce Europe. In his presentation, Mölenberg emphasised the importance of one single European framework to tackle fragmentation, improve trust and to enhance cross-border activities. Nevertheless, Ecommerce Europe also voiced its concerns regarding some provisions. It urged both the Commission and MEPs to further clarify the definition of personal data and to maintain the current provisions for profiling and targeting which would entail the Parliament eliminating the uncertain situations in the new proposal for (online) marketing and commercial purposes that would be caused by the current Commission draft. Ecommerce Europe also made clear that it is opposing the ‘right to data portability’, the ‘right to be forgotten’ and the financial penalties in case of data leakage (which can run up to 2% of a company’s annual turnover).

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