On 8 February, EIF member MEPs Axel Voss and Michal Boni hosted a debate to explore whether a revised e-privacy directive is necessary in addition to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or whether it would create unnecessary overlap and legal uncertainty.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Voss questioned the need for a new e-privacy directive and asked whether the GDPR should not be sufficient to ensure the desired level of privacy protection.
Dr. Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Senior Vice President, Global Data Privacy Officer at Deutsche Telekom, endorsed the GDPR and questioned the need for anything more.
Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant Supervisor at the European Data Protection Supervisor, stressed the need to have efficient protection of data privacy and addressed the complementarity between these different legal acts.
Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft’s EU Government Affairs & Digital Policy Director, stressed the importance of considering how means of communications will evolve in coming years when considering new privacy regulations.
David Martin, Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, cited Eurobarometer indications of citizens privacy concerns and expectations, and argued that an e-privacy directive and the GDPR are necessary to meet them and can coexist while overlap can be avoided. He also expressed a concern that the principles of privacy by default and privacy by design were ignored in the latest proposal.
Cristina Vela, Chairperson of ETNO Working Group for Data Protection, Trust & Security, presented the telecom operators point of view on an e-privacy directive and the GDPR.
In this #EIFasks video, policy makers, industry and consumer rights representatives share their views about balancing the privacy/security conundrum:
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Free movement of data in the EU
Data protection and transatlantic data flows: “The Privacy Shield – where do we stand?”
Data Flows: economic and trade impacts
The Reform of European Data Protection Legislation
Data Privacy Rights and Enforcement – A Comparison of Developments on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Transatlantic week in Washington D.C.
Data Protection: a matter of digital security
Socio-Political Aspects of the Digital World in 2025: Towards a European identity platform
Free movement of data in the EU
Does the Privacy Shield solve Europe’s problem?
#EIFAsks: Does the Privacy Shield solve Europe’s problem?
The New World of Trade
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the Web for rethinking Big Data to Rich Data
Feedback from the EIF Study Visits in the Asia Pacific Region ‘Examining Asia’s dynamic digital development’ April 2013
EIF Asia Study Trip: Examining Asia’s dynamic digital development
EIF Debate on Data Protection: Let's make the rules that Europe can be a leader
EIF debate on the reform of European data protection legislation
Reinventing data protection without reinventing it
Socio-political Aspects of the Digital World in 2025: towards a European Identity Platform
Giles Derrington, Head of Policy at techUK, on data flows
Stephen Hurley, Head of Brexit Planning at BT Group, on data flows
Joakim Reiter, Group External Affairs Director at Vodafone, data flows
Daniel Dalton MEP and EIF Member, on data flows
Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair, on data flows
#EIFAsks: Can the ePrivacy directive strike the right balance between privacy protection & innovation?
Axel Voss MEP on ePrivacy
Michal Boni MEP opens EIF debate on ePrivacy
Dr. Claus Dieter Ulmer, Deutsche Telekom, on ePrivacy
Wojciech Wiewiórowski EDPS on ePrivacy
Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft, on ePrivacy
David Martin BEUC on ePrivacy
Cristina Vela ETNO on ePrivacy
John Frank, Microsoft, on Economic Benefits of Transatlantic Data Flow
Renate Nikolay, Cabinet of Commissioner Jourova, on Privacy Shield
Daniel Fesler, Baker McKenzie, on EU-US Data Exchange
Angelika Niebler MEP opens debate on the Transatlantic Data Flows & Privacy Shield
Pilar del Castillo MEP on Data Flows
John Doxaras (Warply) on Data Business
Magnus Rentzhog (National Board of Trade) on Data Flows
Harsha Singh (ICTSD) on Data Flows
Pilar del Castillo MEP on transatlantic data flows
Joshua Meltzer, Brookings Institution, on transatlantic data flows
Rene Summer, Ericsson, on transatlantic data flows
Marco Düerkop, DG TRADE, on transatlantic data flows
Richard Ward on Data Protection
Ilias Chantzos (Symantec) on Data Protection
Kati Levoranta (Rovio) on Data Protection
Mikko Niva (Nokia) on Data Protection
Axel Voss MEP on ePrivacy7:18
Michal Boni MEP opens EIF debate on ePrivacy3:17
Dr. Claus Dieter Ulmer, Deutsche Telekom, on ePrivacy5:33
Wojciech Wiewiórowski EDPS on ePrivacy8:54
Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft, on ePrivacy9:09
David Martin BEUC on ePrivacy6:59
Cristina Vela ETNO on ePrivacy7:09
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