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Wire Taps on Your Apps? ePrivacy and Security: Striking a Balance


Wire Taps on Your Apps? ePrivacy and Security: Striking a Balance

Does the ePrivacy Regulation set a high standard for the confidentiality of electronic communications, or is it a far-reaching expansion of government surveillance authority? While the ePR is intended to protect the confidentiality of calls, emails, texts and chats, the ePR’s art. 11 provides a public interest exception (the “wiretap provisions”) that allows member states to pass laws giving government investigators access to these communications.

EURACTIV and Microsoft invite you to a lively debate to discuss how to connect the dots of ePrivacy Regulation, government surveillance, encryption and e-Evidence. Questions will include:
- How aligned is the ePR with other recent measures that touch on government access to communications data, such as the European Electronic Communications Code, new national surveillance laws and the e-Evidence package?
- When should intercept obligations apply to new technologies such as apps, smart speakers and game consoles?
- What are the lessons learned from recent ECJ decisions on surveillance?
- Are rules related to communications encryption necessary?

Supported by:

Bulgaria Presidency


Microsoft Center
Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels


Daniel Dalton MEP, Member of IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
Bogdan Mlachkov, Attaché on criminal matters, Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union
Nikolaus Forgó, Professor of IT- and IP Law, Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law
Robert Stankey, Partner, Telecommunications, Media and Technology Law, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV


17:30 – 18:00 Registration and welcome drink
18:00 – 19:15 Debate and Q&A
19:15 – 20:30 Networking reception

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