• Posted 04-Aug-2016

Summary report on the public consultation on the Evaluation and Review of the ePrivacy Directive

The public consultation on the review of the ePrivacy Directive took place between 12 April 2016 and 5 July 2016. This report takes stock of the contributions and trends that emerge from them focusing primarily on the quantitative analysis of the responses. The consultation on the evaluation and review of the ePrivacy Directive was launched to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules and to seek views on possible adaptations to the ePrivacy Directive in light of market and technological developments, with the objective of contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy.

The review of the ePrivacy Directive is one of the key initiatives proposed under the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. It aims to reinforce trust and security in digital services in the EU; with a focus on ensuring a high level of protection for citizens and a level playing field for all market players.

The review of the ePrivacy Directive will be preceded by a retrospective evaluation of the performances of the current legislation against criteria such as efficiency, effectiveness and EU added value under the REFIT Programme (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme).The consultation gathered a total of 421 replies from stakeholders in all Member States as well as from stakeholders from outside the Union.

Citizens and civil society organisations are also divided on the question of whether the ePrivacy Directive has achieved its objectives of ensuring free movement of personal data, equipment and services in the EU. In general, industry is more positive that the ePrivacy Directive has achieved its objectives.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/summary-report-public-consultation-evaluation-and-review-eprivacy-directive