Privacy and Security

Today’s increasingly digital economy couldn’t prosper without rules that generate trust and security across the entire value chain. To this end, DIGITALEUROPE’s Privacy and Security Working Group works on ensuring that the European data protection and cybersecurity frameworks can strike the right balance between protection and innovation.
The advent of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides an opportunity for the EU to take stock of stringent new rules that will have a lasting impact on Europe’s economy and society. DIGITALEUROPE works to ensure that implementation of the GPDR and data-driven innovation can work in parallel.
At the same time as the GDPR comes into full force, Europe is proposing sweeping changes to its ePrivacy rules that largely ignore the solutions detailed in the GDPR. Wrongly believed to be just about ‘cookies’, the new ePrivacy Regulation would actually cover a very vast array of services and devices; that’s why the rules need to be flexible and risk-based along the lines of the GDPR, rather than perpetuating old rules for traditional telecoms services.
With an increasing number of online activities and services, the digitisation of industry and a rising number of connected devices (the Internet of Things), the role of cybersecurity has become even more crucial. For DIGITALEUROPE, ensuring cybersecurity, from critical infrastructures to consumer devices, is an imperative. The European Commission has proposed a Cybersecurity Act creating a harmonised EU market for cybersecurity certification schemes. DIGITALEUROPE is working to ensure that the proposal guarantees high industry participation and involvement and relies on market-adopted global cybersecurity standards.
DIGITALEUROPE members take their responsibility to maintain the safety, security and privacy of millions of users in the EU seriously, particularly when giving access to electronic evidence in criminal matters. The European Commission’s e-evidence proposal aims to develop a consistent and harmonised approach to law enforcement authorities’ data access requests in the EU. In an interconnected world, where conflicting laws arise across different countries and regions, DIGITALEUROPE is working to ensure that Europe delivers a framework that can respect sovereignty and increase overall privacy protection around the world.

For more information please contact:

Alberto Di Felice
Senior Policy Manager

Iva Tasheva
Policy Manager