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20 Jan 2022

Amnesty International

Amnesty International welcomes EU Parliament's vote on Digital Services Act as 'significant step' towards protecting digital rights

"Europe: MEP vote takes ‘significant step’ towards restricting invasive tracking-based advertising", 20 January 2022

Responding to today’s vote by MEPs to amend the Digital Services Act and regulate tracking-based advertising, Claudia Prettner, Legal and Policy Adviser at Amnesty Tech, said:

“Amnesty International has long been highlighting the dangers of surveillance advertising, and today’s vote represents a significant step towards seriously protecting people’s rights.

“It is encouraging that the amendments outlaw the most invasive practices, including the targeting of children and the use of our most sensitive data. However, there remains more work to be done to fully ban the intrusive practice of surveillance advertising.

“With this vote, MEPs are helping us move towards an online environment that better respects our rights to privacy, freedom of expression and non-discrimination.

“Further meaningful regulation of Big Tech platforms remains crucial to forcing companies – such as Google and Facebook – to address the human rights harms created by their surveillance-based business model.” ...