ePrivacy Regulation – What’s the impact on SMEs?

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Join us for a workshop on ePrivacy, its implications for SMEs, and how it differentiates from the GDPR, organised by DIGITAL SME’s Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence together with Cyberwatching.eu on 10 May, 11.30 – 13.00 CEST!


The first ePrivacy Regulation proposal was published by the European Commission in 2017. In contrast to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which concerns individuals’ personal data, the ePrivacy Regulation protects the confidentiality of electronic communications, for example through WhatsApp or Skype.

As of today, the legislation has still not been passed by Council and Parliament, who have rejected multiple proposals and draft regulations. This uncertainty negatively impacts SMEs active in sectors covered by the ePrivacy legislation. However, what is certain is that the new ePrivacy rules will have a large impact. It is necessary to remain updated, especially for SMEs who may not be able to fully follow the process nor employ professionals to ensure the correct interpretation and compliance for their company.

In this workshop, we will look at the current state of the Regulation, its potential impact on SMEs and how it will interact with the GDPR, as well as how the EU approach to data protection is evolving.

After the panel, participants will have the chance to ask questions during the interactive session. This includes specific legal questions which the speakers from ICT Legal will be happy to answer.

This SME workshop is organised in the framework of the European Project Cyberwatching.eu, which will contribute to making the Digital Single Market a safer place by promoting the uptake and understanding of cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy services emerging from Research and Innovation initiatives across Europe.


11.30 – 11.35 Introduction

Justina Bieliauskaite, DIGITAL SME

11.35 – 12.15 Elephant in a room: ePrivacy Regulation (Panel session)

João Ferreira Pinto, Portuguese Permanent Representation

Leonard Johard, INDIVID/Brilliance Center B.V.

Paolo Balboni, ICT Legal

12.15 – 12.30 ePrivacy Regulation and the current data protection legal framework

Paolo Balboni, ICT Legal

12.30– 13.00  Interactive Session with audience

Paolo Balboni – Laura Senatore, ICT Legal


Join us on 10 May to be part of the discussion! There are two ways in which you can participate:

1) Register below and join the webinar to get a chance to ask your questions in person and interact with the experts!

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