Digital Industries Join Forces to Call for EU Privacy Rules Consistency
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.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gaming and betting operators established, licensed and regulated within the EU, including bet365, Bet-at-home, BetClic, Betsson Group, Expekt, GVC Holdings PLC, Kindred Group Plc, MRG, and ZEAL Network. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA. EGBA works together with national and EU authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated market that provides a high level of consumer protection and takes into account the reality of the digital economy and consumer demand. Today, EGBA’s member companies together represent more than 20 million consumers in Europe, with demand for attractive and innovative iGaming entertainment services continuing to grow each year.