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Article 29 Working Party (WP29)

WP29 issues Opinion on the evaluation and review of the ePrivacy Directive

On July 19th, 2016, the WP29 presented an Opinion on the evaluation and review of the e-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC). For the WP29, a thorough revision of the rules in the e-Privacy Directive is necessary in order to take into account the technological developments in the digital market and the recent adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Background information

The revision of the e-Privacy Directive is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, announced by the European Commission (EC) on May 2015. The EC started the review of the Directive in 2015 by requesting a study about the transposition and effectiveness of the privacy related articles of the e-Privacy Directive as well as about the relationship between the Directive and the GDPR. A report[1] was published in June 2015. The EC launched in April 2016 a public consultation, open to citizens, legal entities and public authorities. The Commission consulted stakeholders on both the retrospective evaluation and the possible changes to the current e-Privacy Directive. The Opinion of the WP29 responds to this call. The EC intends to use the feedback provided from the consultation to prepare a new legislative proposal, which is expected by the end of 2016.

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

EDPS issues a preliminary Opinion on the Review of the ePrivacy Directive

On July 22nd, 2016, the EDPS presented a Preliminary Opinion on the Review of the e-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC). For the EDPS, a new proposal on e-Privacy should “guarantee confidentiality of communications, offer clarity and complement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. In short, the rules should be “smarter, clearer, stronger”.

Background information

The revision of the e-Privacy Directive is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, announced by the European Commission (EC) on May 2015. The EC started the review of the Directive in 2015 by requesting a study about the transposition and effectiveness of the privacy related articles of the e-Privacy Directive as well as about the relationship between the Directive and the GDPR. A report[1] was published in June 2015. The EC launched in April 2016 a public consultation, open to citizens, legal entities and public authorities. The Commission consulted stakeholders on both the retrospective evaluation and the possible changes to the current e-Privacy Directive. The Opinion of the EDPS responds to this call. The EC intends to use the feedback provided from the consultation to prepare a new legislative proposal which is expected by the end of 2016.