On 19 October, the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee has adopted the Report of MEP Lauristin on the e-Privacy Regulation rapport of Rapporteur Lauristin (S&D). The draft rapport was adopted by small margins: 31 MEPs voted in favor, while 24 MEPs voted against, with 1 abstention. After the adoption of the LIBE Report (available here), Ecommerce Europe expressed its concerns over the disbalanced outcome of the agreement. In fact, the Regulation may negatively impact the business models of online merchants, jeopardizing the online shopping experience of consumers. Moreover, Ecommerce Europe is also concerned that technological innovations might be hampered by the proposed provisions. Policymakers should take sufficiently into account the crucial role that electronic communications and data-driven marketing play in modern e-commerce in the next steps of the legislative process.
In terms of next steps, the ECR Group, which voted against the Report last week, have pushed for a vote in the European Parliament’s Plenary that is expected to take place on Thursday 26 October. The Conservatives’ Group believes that ePrivacy is such an important matter that also other MEPs should have a say on it. MEP Daniel Dalton declared in an article published today by the ECR Group: “These kind of sweeping changes to the way the internet works should be put before the whole Parliament […] Consumers regularly use free online services and apps and freely give their data. So long as their privacy and data is protected, which it is under both existing rules and the upcoming data protection laws, we should not remove the incentive for businesses to produce free content.”
From the Council’s side, two new documents have been recently published: the first Presidency text is focusing on Articles 1 to 5 while the second Presidency text is focusing on Articles 12 to 20. The revisions proposed in these texts are based on the discussions held in the Council’s Working Party TELE and on the written comments provided by the EU delegations. At this stage, many most of the EU delegations are still analysing the proposal, meaning that these documents do not represent the final position of the Council on the ePrivacy Regulation.
For more information on the position of Ecommerce towards the e-Privacy Regulation, please click here.