Members' Research Service By / September 7, 2017

Reform of the e-Privacy Directive [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

Written by Shara Monteleone, In January 2017, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications…

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Written by Shara Monteleone,

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In January 2017, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications which would replace the current 2002 e-Privacy Directive. The main objectives of the review are: enhancing security and communications confidentiality; defining clearer rules on tracking technologies such as cookies; and achieving greater harmonisation among Member States.

Stakeholders are divided on certain issues, including on the basic need for a new measure to protect confidentiality in e-communications. Some national parliaments have made comments on the proposal, and discussions are progressing in Council. In the European Parliament, rapporteur Marju Lauristin (S&D, Estonia) presented a draft report to the Civil Liberties Committee on 21 June 2017, and this is expected to be voted in October 2017.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:






Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Marju Lauristin (S&D, Estonia)

Michal Boni (EPP, Poland)

Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)

Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, the Netherlands)

Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, Germany)

Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, Germany)

Lorenzo Fontana (ENF, Italy)

COM(2017) 10 10/1/2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0003(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Vote in committee

Stage: Committee vote

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