The Commission is proposing new legislation to ensure stronger privacy in electronic communications, while opening up new business opportunities. The measures presented today aim to update current rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market – a key objective of the Digital Single Market strategy. Read more
Data is a new type of economic asset, which is rapidly becoming vital in the global economy. Most economic activity
will depend on data within a few years. This provides great opportunities for a wide range of sectors. Read more
The Commission has proposed a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications to update current rules to technical developments and to adapt them to the General Data Protection Regulation that will enter into application in May 2018. The objective is to reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market. Read more
This public consultation on Building a European data economy will help shaping the future policy agenda on the European data economy. This dialogue with stakeholders follows the adoption of the Communication on Building a European data economy and its accompanying Staff Working Document. Results will feed into the Commission's possible future initiative on the European Data Economy in 2017. Read more
This study was conducted to support the Commission in gathering the evidence base needed to evaluate Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications and to assist the Commission in assessing a number of policy options, notably from an economic perspective. The study was performed with a view to collect fact and figures, as well as other relevant information, to be used by the Commission in the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive and in the work of assessing the policy options that could lead to a possible legislative revision. Read more
The Staff Working Document on the free flow of data and emerging issues of the European data economy accompanies the Communication on Building a European Data Economy, adopted on 10 January 2017.
The purpose of this Staff Working Document is to provide additional evidence and a detailed description of the emerging issues relevant for the EU data economy. Read more
Multilingualism is one of the fundamental values of the European Union, but the digital age challenges the survival of a multilingual Europe. The identified gap between the use of English in Language technologies and of other official EU languages is steadily widening. The main aim of this workshop is to analyse the potential and opportunities related to Human Language Technologies in ensuring equality regarding the use in a digital space of all EU languages and avoiding the risks of their digital extinction. Read more
This Communication looks at proven or potential blockages to the free movement of data and presents options to remove unjustified and or disproportionate data location restrictions in the EU. It also considers the barriers around access to and transfer of non-personal machine-generated data, data liability, as well as issues related to the portability of non-personal data, interoperability and standards. Read more
The proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications will increase the protection of people's private life and open up new opportunities for business.
Other language versions will be available mid-February and will be accessible from this page. Read more
The European Commission (Learning, Multilingualism & Accessibility Unit at DG CONNECT) organised an Information and Networking day to discuss Horizon 2020 LEIT Work Programme 2016-17 and present the "Interfaces for accessibility" topic (ICT 23) from the 2016 Call. Read more