Brussels, 31 May 2018 – Ahead of the EU Telecommunications Council on 8 June, where the EU draft e-Privacy Regulation (ePR) will be discussed, a group of 57 digital industry associations has sent a joint letter to EU Ministers urging them to ensure consistency between the e-Privacy Regulation and the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May.

 

The industry initiative – which was coordinated by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) – calls on EU Ministers to ensure that EU privacy rules are consistent to enable a high-level of privacy protection for consumers and legal clarity for businesses with regards to data processing and enforcement.

 

“Following the recent privacy scandals it is crucial that the EU restores consumer trust and reassure consumers that their data is being protected and processed responsibly by digital companies. The recent introduction of the GDPR is a significant milestone in helping to rebuild that trust. It is therefore essential that additional e-privacy rules should be consistent with the GDPR so as to avoid legal uncertainty for both business and consumers” – Mr. Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

 

The industry letter can be found here.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Barry Magee

Senior Communications Manager

T: + 32 255 408 90

E: barry.magee@egba.eu

 

 

 

About the EGBA:

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, GVC Holdings PLC, Expekt, Kindred Plc, ZEAL Network, Betsson Group and bet365. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA. As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deals and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.