This agreement marks the beginning of the final negotiations with the European Commission and the European Parliament. If the three parties were to reach an agreement in the course of this year, the ePrivacy Regulation could enter into force in 2023 at the earliest – after a transition period of two years.
The ePrivacy Regulation, which is to replace the existing ePrivacy Directive of 2002, aims to regulate the conditions under which service providers may process electronic communications data or have access to data stored on end-users’ devices. Communications data is understood to mean the data transmitted when using online services, such as messages on WhatsApp or video calls on Skype. These renewals take into account new technological and market developments as well as new techniques for tracking users’ online behaviour.