By Diego Naranjo

On 26 October, the European Parliament (EP) will decide on a key proposal to protect your privacy and security online. This step consists in confirming (or not) the Parliament’s mandate to negotiate the e-Privacy Regulation with the Council of the European Union.

This vote has been demanded as part of an effort to either water down or completely destroy the proposal. As a result, we (very exceptionally) support the mandate being granted.

Do you want to protect the privacy of millions of people in the next generations? Then take action now and contact the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from your country in order to be able to make sure that the European Parliament approves the mandate. You can:

  1. Call your MEP using the free call system (developed by La Quadrature Du Net) and ask them to vote on Thursday 26 October to support the mandate for the e-Privacy trilogues.
  2. Tweet to the MEPs from your own country now (and also other MEPs, ideally in their own language). Use the hashtag #ePrivacy! You could tweet for example along the lines:

Dear <@MEP>, please vote for a mandate for the #ePrivacy #trilogues. Good for citizens, for trust, for innovation, for competition!

You can find below the list of MEPs’ Twitter handles for each Member State:

The Regulation applies to confidentiality of communications, online and offline tracking and device security. It has been the subject of a huge lobbying campaign by industry associations peddling a range of outlandish claims including that the Regulation would ban advertising and would even be responsible for “killing the internet” (seriously).

e-Privacy Directive: Frequently Asked Questions
https://edri.org/epd-faq/

e-Privacy Mythbusting (25.10.2017)
https://edri.org/files/eprivacy/ePrivacy_mythbusting.pdf

Quick guide on the proposal of an e-Privacy Regulation (09.03.2017)
https://edri.org/files/epd-revision/ePR_EDRi_quickguide_20170309.pdf

Last-ditch attack on e-Privacy Regulation in the European Parliament (24.10.2017)
https://edri.org/last-ditch-attack-on-e-privacy-regulation-in-the-european-parliament/

Dear MEPs: We need you to protect our privacy online! (05.10.2017)
https://edri.org/dear-meps-we-need-you-to-protect-our-privacy-online/

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