Electronic Communications And Privacy: What Has Changed

Individuals and companies will now benefit from the added rules regarding the use of electronic communications equipment. Meaning that they will enjoy greater protection of their privacy. The rush to amend the pre-existing norms was brought about by the introduction of advanced digital technologies that increase the risks of privacy violations. The new European legislation in this sector, Directive 2002/58/EC, while allowing users to take advantage of the numerous possibilities offered by these instruments, imposes more restrictive obligations on Internet and telecommunications operators that plan on using consumers personal data.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

1. What is the purpose of this Directive?
2. What are some of the principal changes brought about by the Directive 2002/58/EC?

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