The Commission launched a public consultation on privacy and the processing of personal data in the electronic communications sector. It represents the first step of the review process of Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (ePrivacy Directive).

The Directive's review is part of a wider range of measures proposed by the Commission in the Digital single market strategy for Europe, launched on May, 6th 2015 and composed of the following pillars:
1. enhacing online access to digital goods and services,
2. creating an environment where digital networks and services can prosper,
3. using digital as a driver for growth.

Citizens and stakeholders can participate filling in the online survey. The feedbacks of the public consultation will be used by the Commission as a basis to prepare a new draft proposal of the ePrivacy Directive, which will be published by the end of 2016.

Both the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for Police and Criminal Justice Authorities, approved today by the European Parliament, give an important contribution to the modernization of the legislative framework in this field. The Regulation provides high and smooth standards of personal data protection in the whole Union and the Directive, that member States have to transpose and implement within two years, enhances the cooperation among the public authorities in charge of this sector.


Public consultation on the evaluation and review of the e-Privacy Directive

ePrivacy factsheet

Digital single market in Europe

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