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Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy-Regulation)

[05-10-2017]
In January 2017, the EU Commission published the proposal for a Regulation on privacy and electronic communications, intended as a replacement to the existing e-Privacy Directive in May 2018. The special rules contained within the Directive are to be seen as complementary to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In view of the enormous daily impact of electronic communications and the increasing monitoring of user behaviour, it is the declared goal of consumer protection to safeguard the confidentiality of electronic communications as well as the right to selfdetermination in the management of personal communication data more effectively than had been the case.
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Aviation: Open and Connected Europe

[05-09-2017]
A recast of Regulation (EC) 868/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004, regarding improved protection of Community air carriers against subsidisation and unfair pricing practices by air services from countries that are not members of the European Community, is especially welcome in view of the intense competition in the airline sector. The Commission is thereby taking measures to regulate the liberal and globalised market, which is leading to anti-competitive practices. However, in the view of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (BAK), this draft Regulation falls short in two aspects before it can guarantee fair competition between airlines in Europe.
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