European privacy groups urge the EU to conclude negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation

European Digital Rights (EDRi), along with four civil society groups, urged in an open letter to EU member states to conclude the negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation. The letter highlights the urgent need for a strong ePrivacy Regulation in order to tackle the problems created by the commercial surveillance business models, and expresses the deep concerns by the fact that the Member States, represented in the Council of the European Union, still have not made decisive progress, more than two and a half years since the Commission presented the proposal. The letter reads that “Without the ePrivacy Regulation, Europe will continue living with an outdated Directive which is not being properly enforced8 and the completion of our legal framework initiated with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will not be achieved”.