The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which needs to be applied starting from 25 May 2018, has been a topic of intense discussion over the last couple of years. Currently changes are also being planned to the electronic communications sector in the form of a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications. If the proposed Regulation, issued by the European Commission on 10 January 2017, on the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector enters into force, the Regulation will replace the existing ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC and form a completely new legal framework for the electronic communications sector, together with the GDPR.
The aim of the Regulation is to strengthen the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and to harmonise the rules within the EU. The Regulation is lex specialis to the GDPR. Thus, the GDPR would apply to all cases that involve the processing of personal data and that are not regulated by the proposed Regulation. The changes introduced by the Regulation are expected to benefit both consumers and businesses. Like the GDPR, the new Regulation would bring a lot of changes to businesses, also outside the EU.