A group of 27 civil society organisations led by Civil Rights Defenders have expressed their concerns over the ongoing negotiations regarding the Regulation of Political Advertising. In an open letter, they have appealed to EU lawmakers to protect human rights to privacy and free speech.
Specifically, they are calling for the adoption of the European Parliament's position on Article 12 and accompanying recital 47, which strengthens the provisions of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Digital Services Act (DSA) by prohibiting the processing of observed or inferred personal data.
They are also urging the Regulation to focus solely on political advertising and exclude direct, unpaid communication between political parties or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and their members.
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