The European Commission will host a stakeholder workshop to discuss the key issues around the new ePrivacy legal framework.

Strengthening trust in digital services is one of the key pillars of the Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM) launched by the European Commission in May 2015. Breaches of security and confidentiality of communications, misuse of data stored in users phones and computers, nuisance calls, spam and others dent users’ trust and may ultimately limit the update of online services.

In order to address these issues, the DSM Strategy announced that, following the adoption of the new Data Protection Regulation the rules on ePrivacy would also be revised to  ensure a high level of protection for data subjects and a level playing field for all market players.

In view of the preparation of the new ePrivacy legal framework, the European Commission is organising a workshop on 12 April 2016 to discuss the main issues at stake with a wide range of stakeholders. Providers of electronic communication services, consumer bodies, NGOs, national authorities, information society service providers and civil society at large are all invited to be active part of a hands-on discussion on how to best shape an important piece of EU legislation that is of high interest for all Europeans.

The workshop will give the opportunity to interested stakeholders to interact and give views on the following issues:

  1. the need to ensure consistency of the ePrivacy Directive and the future GDPR/other legal instruments, with the view to avoid duplication, ensuring simplification, and coherence;
  2. services such as voice over IP and  aps providing text messaging are not bound by the rules in the ePrivacy Directive;  yet from a functional point of view, such services are equivalent to communication services as provided by traditional electronic communications services (eg SMS, voice calls), which have to comply with the ePrivacy Directive provisions;
  3. the overall functioning of  the rules on confidentiality of communications, including the consent requirement to store information or accessing information stored in users’ equipment, including its application to cookies;
  4. the assessment of the performance of the other provisions on security, spam, calling line identification, directories of subscribers, etc.

You can register to the workshop here. Your registration will be conditional to the availabilities of seats.

Related topics: Online Privacy


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