The European Commission plans to review the 2002 ePrivacy Directive to adapt it to new technological developments and to ensure the alignment with the new provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The first results of the public consultation launched by the Commission have been published.
The preliminary findings show that opinions are clearly coloured with the categories of respondents.
76% of individuals and civil society respondents believe that the scope of the rules should be broadened to cover the over-the-top service providers (OTT) in order to ensure full protection of privacy and confidentiality of communication. However 42% of industry respondents are against the scope of the rules being broadened. 83% of the individuals and civil society organisations agreed that there was a clear added value in having specific privacy rules for the electronic communications sector. At the same moment, industry representatives warn the review could have unintended consequences on the digital economy.
The Commission will publish its conclusions in the autumn 2016. The proposal is expected at the very end of the year 2016.