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GDPR vs e-Privacy regulation


Innovations of 2018, related to all enterprises working with EU residents, are extremely important and have a significant influence in the field of electronic communications. Now all the companies are divided into three groups: someone is completely ready to meet the new requirements, others are searching for solutions, and also there are those who decided to ignore the new EU rules (that is the very bad choice, my friend!).

If you’re here, you must be interested in the difference and similarities of GDPR and e-Privacy regulation. Are you ready to find out more? So let’s jump into it!

To start with, these two documents are created to profoundly protect the personal information of any resident living in Europe.

E-Privacy regulation: everything you need to be aware of

The legally binding document will replace the outdated ePrivacy Directive of 2002. E-Privacy regulation is applied not only to cookie files. It is about online communications, unsolicited marketing and the right to privacy.  Specifically, it includes e-mail, applications, calls, instant messaging, spam, direct marketing, Internet advertising networks, etc.

The main targets:

1. Simplify the cookies rules.
2. Simplify the cookies agreement in a more user-friendly way.

Actually, this is great news for both web-developers and users. On the one hand, there would be no need to show tooltips for cookies (therefore, browsing would be more pleasant). On the other hand, sites’ owners would have less work (minus one extra plugin).

What is the difference between GDPR and e-Privacy regulation?

General Data Protection Regulatione-Privacy regulation
The GDPR is targeted to protect the EU residents’ personal information.

Moreover, a website’s user will be able to check the proceeding of the data they give.

The document guarantees the information’s confidentiality.

Users are able to choose messages that influence them.

Provide the requirements for the processing of personal data. Define the requirements for online communications.
The doc goes into force on May 25, 2018.E-Privacy regulation is still in a draft form. But you should be aware! Anyway, local laws on privacy and the outdated Directive of 2002 are current.

Any similarities between GDPR and e-Privacy regulation?

  • Both are regulations. It means that these documents are de facto on the EU territories. And there is no need to create new laws locally.
  • GDPR and e-Privacy regulation are aimed at personal data protection of EU people.
  • In case of rules breaking, the documents impose heavy fines.

To sum up:

We strongly encourage you to make your website correspond to all the EU requirements. It is essential to the success of your business.

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