E-Privacy, Telcos and Online Providers: Issues of Consent

    View Authors July 2013

    European telecoms providers are increasingly moving up the value chain to offer innovative value-added services whose appeal will rival the “wow” factor of the myriad apps on offer from online and over-the-top providers (OTTPs). Many of these new services require the processing of subscriber traffic and location data. Such processing raises a number of issues under the existing EU data protection and e-privacy rules as well as proposed changes to the EU data protection rules.

    In this article, originally published in InterMEDIA, Squire Sanders lawyers Ann LaFrance, Cathal Flynn and Matthew Byford discuss how legislative changes in Europe are highlighting apparent differences between rules applicable to telcos’ and online providers’ use of their customers’ personal data, and whether regulators can create a level playing field.