Pierstone ePrivacy Miniseries debutes with ePR Tracker (September, 2018)

While the ePrivacy Regulation (in full the „Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications“) was supposed to accompany the GDPR, the ePR legislative process is taking much longer and numerous draft proposals were published over the past years. The ePrivacy Reguation tracker contains an overview of relevant documents published by EU bodies in the course of the process of drafting the ePR. The tracker also kicks off the Pierstone ePrivacy Miniseries that will outline the most important features of the new ePrivacy framework in 5 bi-weekly posts.


10.07.2018 The Austrian Presidency’s draft of the Regulation was issued with a set of changes stemming from discussions that have taken place throughout the year. At the same time the draft displayed a rather limited ambition to actively advance legislative process.
22.03.2018 The Council Presidency introduced the new e-Privacy Regulation draft with several changes to cookie settings and direct marketing communications provisions.
05.12.2017 Estonian Presidency of the Council published the new draft of the e-Privacy Regulation while noting that future analysis is needed for Articles 6,7 and 8.
25.10.2017 The European Parliament plenary voted to launch negotiations on the e-Privacy Regulation with the Council of the EU.
23.10.2017 The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs report was tabled for plenary, 1st reading.
19.10.2017 The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs pushed the amended Regulation proposal forward in a legally qualified majority vote of 31 to 25, opening doors for vote in plenary.
06.10.2017 The International Market and Consumer Protection Committee flagged concerns about the e-Privacy Regulation creating additional barriers and burdens on the top of what was already introduced by the GDPR.
05.10.2017 The Committee on Legal Affairs in its opinion expressed skepticism with regard to unambitious goals pursued by the Regulation.
04.10.2017 The Industry, Research and Energy Committee published its opinion supporting general goals of the Regulation but noting its excessive focus around websites and browsers that might inhibit a technological neutrality approach.
05.07.2017 The Economic and Social Committee released its opinion and report reflecting on the terminology and definitions adopted in the Regulation.

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

with the leading MEP Marju Lauristin issued a draft report clarifying a relationship between the e-Privacy Regulation and GDPR and proposing deletion of Recital 18 and introduction of new Recital 17a regarding consent for the processing of data and free will.

22.05.2017 The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy released its draft opinion on the Regulation supporting a need to adjust European data protection framework to new technological developments in the area of e-communication.
10.05.2017 The European Commission reviewed mid-term progress on the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy and urged for timely delivery.
24.04.2017 The European Data Protection Supervisor published the opinion on the e-Privacy Regulation supporting the underlying approach adopted by the proposal but raising further reservations as to the notion of consent.
01.04.2017 Article 29 Working Party released its opinion on the proposed e-Privacy Regulation, endorsing the initiative to upgrade data protection framework in the context of electronic communication but expressing concerns regarding terminal equipment and tracking walls issues.
10.01.2017 European Commission put forward a proposal for the e-Privacy Regulation (the “Regulation”) that was set to amend the e-Privacy Directive with stronger privacy rules addressing, among others, modern e-communication aspects.
14.04.2016 The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) was approved by the European Parliament, thereby, finalizing 4 years of work on new data protection rules.
08.04.2016 European Council adopted its position on the Data Protection Reform and passed the legislative package on for the approval of the European Parliament.
15.12.2015 European Parliament, European Commission and European Council agreed on the EU Data Protection Reform following trialogue meetings.
06.05.2015 The new Digital Single Market Strategy considered potential reassessment of the e-Privacy Directive.
15.07.2014 In his Political Guidelines Jean-Claude Juncker emphasized the need for “common European data protection rules”
25.01.2012 The European Commission officially puts forth a suggestion seeking to improve existing data protection framework and align it with temporary exponential technological advancements.