The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published an opinion on the data protection elements of the proposed directive on contracts for supply of digital content which extends consumer protection to the sale of digital goods and online services.

The EDPS is generally in favour of the proposed directive's aims, however, does note potential issues about data (personal or otherwise) being used as a commodity and the directive overlapping with EU data protection legislation such as the GDPR.

The opinion also notes future personal data issues which may impact supply contracts of online services, such as companies providing 'free' services in exchange for personal data. This is seen as contrary to the data protection legislation created by the EU and should not be permitted. The opinion cautions against rules that cross-over with the incoming GDPR and proposed E-Privacy regulation as this would cause conflict and confusion.

Click here to read the EDPS' full opinion.