20 February 2017

On 8 February, EIF member MEPs Axel Voss and Michal Boni hosted a debate to explore whether a revised e-privacy directive is necessary in addition to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or whether it would create unnecessary overlap and legal uncertainty.

Can the ePrivacy directive strike the right balance between privacy protection & innovation?

In his opening remarks, Mr. Voss questioned the need for a new e-privacy directive and asked whether the GDPR should not be sufficient to ensure the desired level of privacy protection.

Dr. Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Senior Vice President, Global Data Privacy Officer at Deutsche Telekom, endorsed the GDPR and questioned the need for anything more.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor at the European Data Protection Supervisor, stressed the need to have efficient protection of data privacy and addressed the complementarity between these different legal acts.

Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft’s EU Government Affairs & Digital Policy Director, stressed the importance of considering how means of communications will evolve in coming years when considering new privacy regulations.

David Martin, Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, cited Eurobarometer indications of citizens privacy concerns and expectations, and argued that an e-privacy directive and the GDPR are necessary to meet them and can coexist while overlap can be avoided. He also expressed a concern that the principles of privacy by default and privacy by design were ignored in the latest proposal.

Cristina Vela, Chairperson of ETNO Working Group for Data Protection, Trust & Security, presented the telecom operators point of view on an e-privacy directive and the GDPR.

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