Between 12 April 2016 and 5 July 2016 the public consultation on the review of the ePrivacy Directive took place. Interestingly enough according to the summary report on this consultation, the participants of this consultation are worried about the confidentiality of electronic communications:
83% of the responding citizens and civil society believe that there is a clear added value in having special rules for the electronic communications sector to ensure the confidentiality of electronic communications, which is a basic element underpinning trust in technological developments and the digital society and economy.73% believe this is the case also for traffic and location data. They also support the need for special rules on billing, calling and connected line identification, automatic call forwarding and directories, but these areas seem to be less essential to them than the other areas mentioned. Industry responses were much more sceptical on the need for special rules; 31% see a need for rules on confidentiality and 26% see a need for rules on traffic data. Almost all public authorities responding to the consultation see the need for special rules in all of the areas listed.
- Summary report on the public consultation on the Evaluation and Review of the ePrivacy Directive | Digital Single Market
- Site on the Digital Single Market | European Commission