In January 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal to replace the current ePrivacy Directive with an ePrivacy Regulation (ePR). The ePR will apply to electronic communications services providers, including OTT (over-the-top) applications, and will supplement the existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The GSMA and ETNO welcome the ePR’s commitment to ensuring the confidentiality of communications, which is essential for consumer trust in the digital ecosystem, but recommend modifying it to provide electronic communications service providers with greater flexibility to use data responsibly.
Innovation and the Digital Single Market are some of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. A digital Europe and the free movement of data will ensure that Europe makes full use of the benefits of the technological progress, which will result in a constant change for citizens, businesses and governments.
ETNO has been the voice of Europe’s telecommunications network operators since 1992 and has become the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators. Its 41 members and observers from Europe and beyond are the backbone of Europe’s digital progress. They are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe. ETNO brings together the main investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing 60% of total sector investment.