EDPS on the Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Regulation), Opinion 6/2017, 24 april 2017.
This Opinion outlines the position of the EDPS on the Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, which is to repeal and replace the ePrivacy Directive.
Without the ePrivacy Regulation, the EU privacy and data protection framework would be incomplete. While the GDPR -the General Data Protection Regulation- is a great achievement, we need a specific legal tool to protect the right to private life guaranteed by Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, of which confidentiality of communications is an essential component. The EDPS therefore welcomes and supports the Proposal which aims to do just that. The EDPS also supports the choice of legal instrument, i.e. a regulation which will be directly applicable and contribute to a greater level of harmonisation and consistency. He welcomes the ambition to provide a high level of protection with respect to both content and metadata and supports the objective of extending the confidentiality obligations to a broader range of services - including the so-called ‘over the top’ services (OTTs) - which reflects the progress of technology. He also considers that the decision to grant enforcement powers solely
to data protection authorities, and the availability of the cooperation and consistency mechanisms within the future European Data Protection Board (EDPB), will contribute to more consistent and effective enforcement across the EU.