The European Commission (Commission) has published its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (Strategy), which outlines 16 initiatives that should shape Europe’s digital future. The initiatives are split up into three pillars:

  • first - better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across the EU;
  • second - creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; and
  • third - ways to maximise the growth potential of the digital economy.

Under the second pillar, one key area that the Commission wish to focus on is data protection and security. In particular, the Commission has vowed to take a closer look at:

  • building further trust and security in digital services and in the handling of personal data;
  • the initiation of the establishment of a public-private partnership on cyber security; and
  • reviewing the E-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC).