Open letter calls for EDPB to reject Meta's Consent or Pay model

15/04/2024 | TechCrunch

A group of civil society organisations and non-profits have written an open letter to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) urging it not to support Meta's tiered subscription model, which they claim "undermines the fundamental principles of consent and perpetuates a system that prioritises commercial interests over individual rights." The letter comes ahead of an EDPB plenary meeting and the release of guidance on the controversial tactic. The signatories include EDRi, Access Now, NOYB, and Wikimedia Europe, among others. The EDPB is expected to adopt an opinion on "consent or pay" this week, making it the last chance for the rights groups to influence the board's decision. The open letter emphasised the need for genuine choice and meaningful consent that aligns with the foundational principles of data protection legislation to uphold the fundamental rights of individuals across the European Economic Area.

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