WORKSHOP • 27 OCTOBER 2016
by Lina Jasmontaite, Brussels Privacy Hub, LSTS, VUB
On 27 October 2016, the Brussels Privacy Hub hosted a workshop on the ePrivacy Directive at the Institute of European Studies, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The workshop was part of the BPH Workshops Series on the Implementation of the GDPR. In particular, the workshop questioned: “What is to be done with the ePrivacy Directive?”. The timely question attracted 31 participants representing industry, civil society, academia and national data protection authorities.
The European Commission initiated the revision process of the ePrivacy Directive (Directive), shortly after the political agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was reached in December 2015. The revision process aims at ensuring consistency of the Directive with the GDPR, provided that the two legislative tools constitute the EU Data Protection Framework. A revision of the Directive was also listed among the action points of the Digital Single Market Strategy. It is estimated that the European Commission will put forward its proposal to update the Directive in early 2017.
To attain the objective of the workshop and to answer the question “What is to be done with the ePrivacy Directive?”, three experts gave high-level presentations outlining the key concerns related to the ePrivacy Directive. In general, the expressed concerns can be grouped into i) aspects related to the protection of personal data and ii) aspects of security and confidentiality of communications. After the presentations, the participants engaged in a debate on the future of the ePrivacy Directive. In anticipation of the publication of a legislative proposal, the participants addressed the following topics:
The Brussels Privacy Hub intends to follow up on the revision process of the ePrivacy Directive and organise more debates after the European Commission publishes its proposal.
The next Brussels Privacy Hub workshop from the series on the implementation of the GDPR will consider issues related to scientific research. The workshop will be held on December 9, 2016. For more information, please visit the BPH website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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