The European Council has approved a data breach notification rule for Europe’s telecoms firms. The amendment to an EU Directive will force telcos to tell customers if they lose their data.
The European Parliament and Commission have already approved the amendments, which will become law after it has been published in the EU’s Official Journal and signed by the President of the Council and President of the European Parliament.
The amendments, though, do not extend data breach notification duties to non-telecoms firms, despite the Parliament’s earlier demands that it include providers of ‘information society services’ such as online banks or health services providers.
“The Council adopted a directive amending legislation in force on universal service, ePrivacy and consumer protection,” said a Council statement on its meeting last week. “The directive adapts the regulatory framework by strengthening and improving consumer protection and user rights in the electronic communications sector, facilitating access to and use of ecommunications for disabled users and enhancing the protection of individuals’ privacy and personal data.”
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