“Net Neutrality is about keeping the Internet open and without discrimination. Put simply, Net Neutrality means every customer should be able to access every service, and every service should be able to access every customer. It is the Internet Service Providers’ responsibility to make sure they operate so that that happens” Prof. Sir Tim Berners-Lee 3
EU PERSPECTIVE TO NET NEUTRALITY 4 Plays a key role in the EU’s common vision for Internet Governance Growing consensus that Net Neutrality should be regulated at EU-level –Proposed Telecoms Single Market Regulation- COM(2013)0627 (“TSMR”) Includes definition and specific provisions on Net Neutrality (art. 23) EU Parliament has agreed on compromise text; Council expected to take a final position by end of 2014?
5 Key Elements of Net Neutrality in the proposed TSMR: –ISPs and end-users may agree to limit data volumes or speeds –ISPs may not restrict end-users’ right to internet access by blocking, slowing down, altering, degrading or discriminating against specific content, applications or services –Except if necessary to apply Traffic Management measures EU PERSPECTIVE TO NET NEUTRALITY
6 Key Elements of Net Neutrality in the proposed TSMR: Traffic Management measures shall be transparent, non- discriminatory, proportionate and necessary to: –Implement a court order –Preserve the integrity and security of the network, services provided via the network, and end-users' terminals –Prevent or mitigate the effects of network congestion EU PERSPECTIVE TO NET NEUTRALITY
7 Key Elements of Net Neutrality in the proposed TSMR: Without prejudice to the EU Data Protection Directive, Traffic Management measures shall: –Only entail such processing of personal data that is necessary and proportionate to achieve the purposes, and –Be subject to the ePrivacy Directive, in particular with respect to confidentiality of communications EU PERSPECTIVE TO NET NEUTRALITY
8 EU Member State experience with Net Neutrality Legislative proposals in e.g. Belgium; France Legal provisions in the Netherlands; Slovenia –Confusion on scope of the law in the Netherlands: only ISPs or also other service providers? –“Soft” neutrality versus “hard” neutrality EU PERSPECTIVE TO NET NEUTRALITY
NET NEUTRALITY CONSIDERATIONS 9 Right to internet access Network protection/integrity Data “explosions”” Innovation interference Privacy & data protection Content discrimination Price discrimination Quality of service
NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION 10 How do EU rules on privacy and data protection apply? Possible Scenario 1: Restriction of end-users’ rights; no Traffic Management exception applies –Blocking, slowing down, altering, etc. = processing of personal data under EU data protection rules? –ISP = data “controller”? –Compliance with fundamental data protection principles Legal basis for processing?
11 How do EU rules on privacy and data protection apply? Possible Scenario 2: Restriction of end-users’ rights and Traffic Management exception applies –Traffic Management measures = processing of Personal Data under EU data protection rules –ISP = data controller –Compliance with fundamental data protection principles NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION
12 Compliance with fundamental data protection principles –Legal basis for processing Legitimate interest? End-user consent: only if results of data processing are used for secondary purposes? –Transparency –Purpose limitationInterpretation of –Proportionality “Necessary”? NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION
13 Specific issues associated with consent as a legal basis –Consent must meet certain conditions: Free: is alternative access without TM measures realistic? Specific: but flexibility towards TM changes? Informed indication of end- user’s wishes: “user concerned” vs. “all users involved” ? NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION
14 Specific issues associated with the proportionality (data minimization) principle –Only monitoring/filtering of personal data that are adequate, relevant & not excessive in relation to the purpose of processing What personal data are “suitable”? NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION
15 Specific issues associated with legal requirements to keep personal data secure –Data breach notification duties under the ePrivacy Directive and Regulation 611/2013 Duty to notify competent national authority within 24H Duty to notify end-users if likely adverse effect on their personal data or privacy –Who’s affected? NET NEUTRALITY AND EU PRIVACY / DATA PROTECTION
16 EU Parliament & Council to consider the scope of Net Neutrality requirements (in proposed TSMR) Further clarifications needed regarding –Monitoring of speeds/data volumes –Legal grounds for TM measures –Application of proportionality (data minimization) principle NET NEUTRALITY IN THE EU: GOING FORWARD
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