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”.
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 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.
Opinion 7/2015 – Meeting the challenges of big data. A call for transparency, user control, data protection by design and accountability
On 19 November 2015 the European Data Protection Supervisor issued Opinion 7/2015 entitled “Meeting the challenges of big data”. It deals with how big data can bring benefits and represent opportunities for the society as a whole if companies comply with data protection laws and find innovative ways to do so. The opinion outlines the strategy of the European Data Protection Supervisor to reach that goal, also in light of the ongoing data protection reform.
Opinion 3/2015 – Europe’s big opportunity. EDPS recommendations on the EU’s options for data protection reform
Further to the European Commission’s proposal on the EU data protection reform (January 2012), the resolution of the European Parliament (12 March 2014) and the vote of the Council of the EU on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (15 June 2015), these three EU institutions entered the so-called “trialogue” on 24 June 2015. The EDPS opinion 3/2015 provides recommendations on the EU data protection reform and in particular on the GDPR, and suggests amendments to the proposed text. Moreover, apart from illustrating the position of the EDPS on the proposed GDPR and its provisions, opinion 3/2015 presents possible solutions towards the best possible compromise on the reform, and so on the best possible text of the GDPR.