Steven De Schrijver hosted on 22 March 2017 a webinar on the Proposal for a new ePrivacy Regulation which the European Commission issued on 10 January 2017. The webinar was attended by about 66 lawyers from around the world.
The commission recently announced the key objectives and how it intends to achieve them under the new e-Privacy Regulation, stating, inter alia, that:
- Privacy rules will in the future also apply to OTT players such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.
- Privacy is guaranteed for both content and metadata, e.g. time of a call and location (by anonymization or deletion).
- Concerning ‘cookies’, the new rules will be more user-friendly as browser settings will provide for an easy way to accept or refuse tracking cookies and other identifiers.
- The proposal attempts to ban unsolicited electronic communications by emails, SMS and automated calling machines.
The European Commission wants the new e-Privacy Regulation to enter into force on 25 May 2018, the same date as the General Data Protection Regulation will take effect. This means that businesses in the electronic communications sector have only about one year left to implement the changes required to ensure compliance with the new rules.
Steven De Schrijver is a partner in the Brussels office of Astrea. He has more than 20 years of experience advising some of the largest Belgian and foreign technology companies, as well as innovative entrepreneurs on complex agreements and projects dealing with new technologies. His expertise includes tech M&A, e-commerce, software licensing, website development and hosting, privacy law, IT security, IT contracts, technology transfers, digital signatures, IT outsourcing, cloud computing, robotics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, drones, augmented and virtual reality.
Steven has been admitted to the Brussels Bar. He holds a law degree from the University of Antwerp (1992) and an LLM degree from the university of Virginia School of Law (1993).
A PDF version of the webinar can be found here.