WFA and industry partners express concerns about draft EP report on EU data protection review


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Jan Philipp Albrecht, the member of the European Parliament (EP) who is “rapporteur” for the proposed revision of European data protection laws, on Wednesday 9 January presented his draft report.

In response to the publication of the report, the Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) – which brings together WFA and 14 other leading trade associations representing a cross-section of European businesses – released the following statement to express its concerns:

“The Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) continues to support the European Union's (EU) efforts to update privacy rules to 21st century standards. We regret, however, that after months of consultation, the draft report published by the rapporteur, Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP, missed an opportunity to reconcile effective privacy safeguards with rules protecting the conduct of business%u2014both fundamental rights under the EU charter.”

“Going forward, we urge members of the European Parliament, starting with the LIBE Committee, to take into account the important contributions emanating from other committees, and to enact legislation that maintains user trust while encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. Achieving this result will require a thorough examination of the proposal and should not be rushed.”

For a copy of the press release please click here.

The Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) is comprised of 15 leading industry associations: Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), AmCham EU, BSA | The Software Alliance, DIGITALEUROPE, European Digital Media Association (EDiMA), European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association (EMOTA), European Publishers Council (EPC), EuroISPA, Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA), GS1, IAB Europe, Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), TechAmerica Europe, and the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA).

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