Magazine article Information Management

E-Privacy Directive, GDPR Expected to Take Effect May 2018

Magazine article Information Management

E-Privacy Directive, GDPR Expected to Take Effect May 2018

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Lexology.com recently summarized the European Commission's (EC) new e-privacy regulation, which is expected to replace the current directive from 2002 and be applied throughout the European Union.

The EC expects the regulation to be effective concurrent with the launch of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018. The draft of the new regulation is narrower in scope than the GDPR and should not take as long to finalize, according to Lexology.com.

The article summarized the key features of the draft regulation:

* Scope. The regulation applies to all e-communications service providers, whereas the current law applies only to traditional telecommunications service providers.

* Confidentiality. All e-communications must be kept confidential.

* Communications content and metadata. Metadata and browsing histories must be anonymized or deleted unless the user gives consent to retain it.

* Devices. Data stored in end-user devices, like laptops and tablets, cannot be accessed unless the user gives consent or it is necessary to facilitate technical provisioning of services to that user. …

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