Brussels, 30 May 2002
Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote to accept directive on data protection rules for electronic communications sector
The European Parliament voted today to accept a compromise on the proposed Directive for the protection of personal data and privacy in the e-communications sector. The compromise was negotiated between the Spanish Presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament during the past month. Now that the directive is agreed by the Parliament, it will be formally adopted within a few months and will be applied by the end of 2003.
Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner responsible for the Information Society said: "I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament. We have now concluded the whole telecom package. This will provide great added value for European citizens and for the development of the Information Society."
The adoption of the Directive will have the following results:
The debate about the retention of traffic data for law enforcement purposes was settled with a new compromise text that strengthens the human rights safeguards that have to accompany national measures. However, the Directive does not contain any legally binding provisions that would either allow or prevent such measures, since these are not within its scope.