Proposal for a Regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications

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Series Details COM (2017) 10
Publication Date 10/01/2017
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Summary:

Legislative initiative published by the European Commission in January 2017 on the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications.

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The ePrivacy Directive ensures the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, in particular the respect for private life, confidentiality of communications and the protection of personal data in the electronic communications sector. It also guarantees the free movement of electronic communications data, equipment and services in the Union. It implements in the Union's secondary law the fundamental right to the respect for private life, with regard to communications, as enshrined in Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

This review of Directive 2002/58/EC - also known as ePrivacy Directive - was first announced in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, and it aims to provide a higher level or privacy protection for users of electronic communications services and a level playing field for all market players. It also ensures consistency with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European Commission carried out a REFIT evaluation of the e-Privacy Directive, which stated that the objectives and principles of the framework remained sound. However, it also noted that important technological and economic developments had taken place in the market since its last revision in 2009.

The proposed Regulation was first adopted by the European Commission on 10 January 2017, together with an accompanying Communication. The European Parliament adopted a negotiating position in October 2017. Despite a number of discussions between Member States under different rotating presidencies, the Council of the European Union was not able to agree on its own general approach as of November 2019.

Source Link http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/HIS/?uri=COM:2017:010:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EU Law Analysis, 14/12/2016: Early Christmas present or a lump of coal?: Data retention and the leaked ePrivacy Regulation http://eulawanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/12/early-christmas-present-or-lump-of-coal.html
BEUC: Press Release, 10/01/2017: New EU plans to beef up consumers’ online privacy https://www.beuc.eu/publications/new-eu-plans-beef-consumers%E2%80%99-online-privacy/html
Politico, 10/01/2017: Europe kills the cookie monster https://www.politico.eu/article/click-yes-if-you-have-read-and-agree/
EU Law Analysis, 10/01/2017: A Threat to Human Rights? The new e-Privacy Regulation and some thoughts on Tele2 and Watson http://eulawanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-threat-to-human-rights-new-e-privacy.html
EPRS: Briefing, February 2017: Review of the ePrivacy Directive https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2017)587347
White&Case: Article, 08/05/2017: EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing https://www.whitecase.com/publications/article/eu-regulators-welcome-stricter-rules-cookies-and-direct-marketing
Corporate Europe Observatory, 04/06/2018: Shutting down ePrivacy: lobby bandwagon targets Council https://corporateeurope.org/en/power-lobbies/2018/06/shutting-down-eprivacy-lobby-bandwagon-targets-council
EU EDPS: Blog, 19/10/2018: The urgent case for a new ePrivacy law https://edps.europa.eu/press-publications/press-news/blog/urgent-case-new-eprivacy-law_en
Open letter to EU member states from consumer groups, NGOs and industry representatives in support of the ePrivacy Regulation, 3 December 2018 https://edri.org/files/eprivacy/20181203-Joint-letter-NGO-and-industry.pdf
PrivSec Report: News, 02/01/2019: EU e-Privacy reforms hit stalemate https://gdpr.report/news/2019/01/02/eu-e-privacy-reforms-hit-stalemate/
DMA UK: Article, 21/02/2019: What happened to the ePrivacy Regulation? https://dma.org.uk/article/what-happened-to-the-eprivacy-regulation
DLA Piper: Blog, 01/08/2019: e-Privacy Regulation – changes regarding electronic communications and digital marketing https://blogs.dlapiper.com/privacymatters/europe-e-privacy-regulation-changes-regarding-electronic-communications-and-digital-marketing/
EDRi, 22/11/2019: ePrivacy: EU Member States push crucial reform on privacy norms close to a dead end https://edri.org/eprivacy-eu-member-states-push-crucial-reform-on-privacy-norms-close-to-a-dead-end/

News
EurActiv, 14/01/2016: Commission to propose reform of ePrivacy directive in 2017 https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/commission-to-propose-reform-of-eprivacy-directive-in-2017/
EurActiv, 10/01/2017: Telecoms firms and internet services like WhatsApp face tougher new privacy rules https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/telecoms-firms-and-internet-services-like-whatsapp-face-tougher-new-privacy-rules/
Bloomberg, 10/01/2017: Google, Facebook Face Tighter EU Grip With New Privacy Law https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/google-facebook-face-tighter-eu-grip-with-new-privacy-law-ixrikusj
RTÉ News, 10/01/2017: EU proposes greater privacy protection to boost digital economy https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2017/0110/843925-eu-proposes-greater-digital-privacy-protection/
Reuters, 10/01/2017: EU privacy proposal could dent Facebook, Gmail ad revenue https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN14U1FL
The Irish Times, 10/01/2017: Confused about digital privacy? New EU rules plan to simplify it https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/confused-about-digital-privacy-new-eu-rules-plan-to-simplify-it-1.2931626
EUObserver, 11/01/2017: EU proposes tougher privacy rules for online messaging https://euobserver.com/digital/136502
EurActiv, 24/11/2019: EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype https://www.euractiv.com/section/data-protection/news/eu-countries-fail-to-agree-on-privacy-rules-governing-whatsapp-skype/

Official
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)3: Impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2017:003:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)4: Executive summary of the impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2017:004:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)5: Ex-post REFIT evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2017:005:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)6: Executive summary of the ex-post REFIT evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2017:006:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2017/0003(OLP)
EP: Legislative Train: Proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications https://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-civil-liberties-justice-and-home-affairs-libe/file-jd-e-privacy-reform
European Commission: Memo, 10/01/2017: Digital Single Market – Stronger privacy rules for electronic communications https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEMO_17_17

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