European Union: European Commission Proposes New Privacy Rules For Electronic Communications
On January 10, 2017, the European Commission presented its Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the "Proposed Regulation"). The Proposed Regulation would repeal and replace Directive 2002/58/EC (the 2002 ePrivacy Directive, as amended in 2009, which is also frequently referred to as the "Cookie Directive"). The proposal aims to keep pace with the evolution of technical and market realities, and to ensure consistency with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 adopted in 2016 (the "GDPR"). Consequently, the provisions of the Proposed Regulation complement the general rules on the protection of personal data in the GDPR as regards electronic communications data.