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Companies fear the European Union’s forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation may set rules that are out of step with the bloc’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Among the most contentious issues in the ePrivacy overhaul will be the consent parameters for use of communications traffic data, such as time and duration of calls, web-browsing behavior, and geolocation data.

Under the European Parliament draft of the ePrivacy Regulation, prepared by Estonian center-left lawmaker Marju Lauristin, the processing of traffic data would be allowed only if necessary to provide the communications service, or if the user of the service or equipment where data is stored gives specific consent.

By Stephen Gardner. Read the article in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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