The flaws of ePrivacy: Will phones still be allowed to be smart?

What would life be like without smartphones? Hard to imagine in 2017. The European ePrivacy Regulation being debated in the European Parliament might make a difference. A study I prepared for the Centre for Information Policy Leadership shows the flaws of the ePrivacy draft.

When I write short emails, I mostly use my phone. Because my phone is smart, it memorizes the addresses of my contacts. If I want to send a mail to my favorite client, I do not have to type in her address, only a couple of letters. 

Where I see progress, the ePrivacy draft sees high risks. In the ePrivacy draft, the processing of addresses (“electronic communications data”) constitutes an “interference” with communication, comparable to wiretapping or interception. According to the current Parliament draft, the memorizing of addresses will require the consent of “all end-users concerned.”

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2. November 2017