The European Union’s ePrivacy rules are on the operating table. The anesthetist is at work and the surgeon is sharpening the tools. The medical team is ready to perform surgery on the patient.
While we don’t yet know how this surgery will go — this particular legislative operation will last a couple of years! — we should know what the objective is. The European Commission describes the objective as being to “reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market”. For me, the objective should be to protect confidentiality and to enable innovation, not some damp compromise between the two of those.
The purpose of changing the law is to change something. In that process some things may be improved—the European Commission wants to get rid of the annoying cookie banners that it invented a few years ago—but some things might also get worse.
This blog post looks at some of the things that might not be possible if the ePrivacy legislation were to go through in its current form.