The European Commision has put forward new plans that would extend current privacy laws to online communications, including instant messaging and online video and audio calls.
The changes are intended to “reinforce trust and security in the digital single market”.
The key areas of reform would focus on messaging services, cookie consent and marketing calls.
The main changes would include:
- The need for metadata to be deleted or made anonymous without the user’s permission
- No obligation for sites to provide a consent pop-up for cookies in accordance with the user’s settings.
- Telemarketers would no longer be allowed to use anonymous phone numbers.
The proposals would put internet companies and providers in the same category as telecommunication providers.
It is expected the ePrivacy regulations should be in place by May 2018.
Germany to lead in war against fake news
Facebook has announced plans to combat the spread of fake news in Germany.
The social media platform said the updates to be rolled out this month would make it easier for users to report fake news articles. The company also has partnered with external fact checker Correctiv to objectively process reports.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is fiercely critical of the emergence of fake news reports.
In an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel, Socialist Democratic parliamentary chairman Thomas Opperman suggested Facebook be charged 500,000 euros each time it fails to quickly and adequately remove fake news items.
Concerns are high as Germans ready to head to the polls in September.
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