Delays expected in the negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation

22 Nov 2018

According to Telecompaper, EU telecom ministers will not vote on the ePrivacy reform at their next meeting in December. Due to divides between member states on key provisions of this legislative text and calls from the industry to delay its adoption process, it appears now unlikely that this regulation will be concluded before the next European elections in 2019. In parallel, a number of NGOs are urging the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to take action towards ensuring the finalisation of the e-Privacy reform.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


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