Die Arti­kel-29-Arbeits­grup­pe hat heu­te (25. Juli 2016) ihre Stel­lung­nah­me zur Über­prü­fung der E-Pri­va­cy Richt­li­nie 2002/58/EG (Opi­ni­on 3/2016 on the eva­lua­ti­on and review of the ePri­va­cy Direc­tive) ver­öf­fent­licht. Hier­nach soll der Schutz elek­tro­ni­scher Kom­mu­ni­ka­ti­on durch die Aus­deh­nung des Anwen­dungs­be­reichs der neu­en E-Pri­va­cy Bestim­mun­gen ver­bes­sert wer­den:

The scope of the cur­rent ePD is most­ly limi­ted to tra­di­tio­nal elec­tro­nic com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on ser­vices (such as inter­net ser­vice pro­vi­ders and tel­cos). Many of its pro­vi­si­ons do not apply, for examp­le, to Inter­net tele­pho­ny (VoIP) or e-mail and instant messaging pro­vi­ders. Given the high depen­dence of many Europeans on elec­tro­nic com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons, the new legal instru­ment must seek to pro­tect the con­fi­dentia­li­ty of func­tio­n­al­ly equi­va­lent elec­tro­nic com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on ser­vices (such as, for examp­le, Whats­App, Goog­le GMail, Sky­pe and Face­book Mes­sen­ger), espe­ci­al­ly when it con­cerns messages exch­an­ged by and bet­ween indi­vi­du­als and pri­va­te user groups.

Posted by Jacqueline Sievers

RA Dr. Jaqueline Sievers war von 2013-2015 bei Homburger tätig und ist zurzeit LL.M-Studentin in Edinburgh.