[PCPro] EU data regulation changes would « strip citizens naked »

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A coalition of consumer rights groups has launched a campaign calling on the European Parliament to stop corporations from weakening regulations designed to protect online privacy. The campaigners – including the Open Rights Group, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, Access and La Quadrature du Net – have this morning presented a report to lawmakers claiming that amendments to the proposed Data Protection Regulation would strip consumers of a right to privacy. […]

« Instead of fixing this often misused ground, members of the European Parliament are proposing to extend it by including the interests of third parties as a ‘legitimate interest’, » the report said. « This will allow companies unknown to citizens to process personal data if the companies believe it is in their ‘best interest’ to do so. »