Today, under EU law, EU citizens enjoy a series of rights that are relevant to the digital environment, such as freedom of expression and information, protection of personal data and privacy, confidentiality of communications.

In the context of the legislative review of the 1995 EU data protection rules, that has led to the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Cable Europe, ETNO, ECTA and GSMA Europe have produced a set of briefing papers on issues that are important for the telecommunications sector, as well as a joint statement on the (then) draft GDPR regulation. The GDPR will be applicable from 25 May 2018.

The European Commission has also published in January 2017 its proposal to review the ePrivacy Directive (ePD). Cable Europe’s initial response, in the public consultation phase, took the form of a position paper calling for the repeal of the directive, and to the extent that any of its rules survive, for their extension to Over-The-Top players (OTTs). The repeal of the directive was also the message conveyed by the joint statement that Cable Europe has co-signed, together with 11 other digital associations.

More recently, we have published our position paper on the Commission’s draft (here).