The Commission adopted on 2 May a Communication with the purpose of identifying the benefits of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) and laying down the Commission's objectives in this field, to be achieved by a number of specific actions supporting the development of PETs and their use by data controllers and consumers.

"On line services provide a lot of benefits and convenience to citizens and huge competitive advantages ... Yet for such services to enjoy large scale growth, people must have sufficient confidence that their personal privacy and legitimate business interests are properly safeguarded" - Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media

The development of information and communication technologies is constantly offering new services which improve people's life. However, alongside these benefits, new risks also arise for the individual, such as identity theft, discriminatory profiling, continuous surveillance or deceit.

The Commission Communication adopted today reflects on the benefits of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), lays down the Commission's objective to promote them and sets out clear actions to support their development of PETs and use.