Our Proposals: Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications

The second object in the agenda of Model European Union 2018 will be the regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications.

The following will be a short outline of the what and why you will need to know in order to successfully participate in the debates of #MEUM 2018.

Why does it exist?

Officially called as “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect of private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/ 58/ EC”, the proposal has the objective to review the ePrivacy Directive.

There was an evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive by the Commission, which stated, that there were many technological and economic developments since 2009. The consumers had made a greater use of so-called Over-the-Top communications services like instant messaging and Voice over IP. These services are not including in the Union electronic communications framework. To make sure, that there is an adequate protection of the citizens personal data, the former regulations must be adjusted.

How will it work?

This regulation provides several concrete measures. For example, service providers, who commercialise electronic communications data, will have to inform end-users of measures they can take to protect the security of their communications.

There will be a monitoring process for the application of the Regulation by the Commission. The Commission will present an assessment report to the European parliament and to the Council every three years. The reports will also be published to the public and give details about the concrete application of this regulation.

How much will it cost?

The proposal has no implications for the Union budget. All cost will have to be covered by the member states, costs for the implementation of mandatory measures willl have to be covered by the data-handling entities.

Who might like it?

The commercial usage of electronic communications data is not only useful for corporations, but also for consumers and the broader society. This regulation enlarges the possibilities for corporations to commercialize electronic communications data, based on end-users approval. Furthermore, this Regulation will regiment providers of electronic communications services. They will have to preserve the approvals of the consumers for the usage of data. As a result, there are advantages of this regulation for the protection of electronic data for citizens of the EU. The Regulation has also an impact on fundamental rights. The level of protection of privacy and personal data in relation with electronic communications will be more effective by the Regulation.

Where can I get more information?

To get the full text of the proposal visit this site and also look here for a more comprehensive overview of the intent, function and consequences as outined by the European Parliament. In order to get a more nuanced picture, it could be beneficiary to look for external analyses such as this one and the opinions of various stakeholders such as this one.

And of course, we will provide you with a more detailed description of the proposal in our Preparation Guide you will receive after we have officially accepted your application for #MEUM2018.

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