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About the e-Privacy Regulation (proposal)

Full name: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)


Type: Regulation


Objective and key elements:

  • Updating the current ePrivacy legislation (mainly legislation related to the current e-Privacy Directive) to align with the rules set out in the GDPR and being better adapted to the digital evolvement of services.
  • Protect the privacy of online users by standardizing the privacy controls of electronic communications service providers who gather and manage data of online users residing in the EU
  • Protect users against unsolicited electronic correspondence by new-age electronic communication corporations
  • Lex specialis to the GDPR; particularising and complementing it with respect to electronic communications data that qualifies as personal data


Relevant to: Providers of electronic communications services, website and app operators and other companies (in particular related to direct marketing)


Status: Proposal


Next steps:

  • Trilogues ongoing (since May 2021)
  • Commission’s first proposal in January of 2017, link
  • Council has (materially) revised several times

(Last updated 7 March 2023)