After the ePR draft was rejected by the TTE Council a week ago, the Finnish Presidency has published a report, summarizing the process and most pressing issues related to the adoption of the ePR. According to the report, the Finnish Presidency believes that it made a considerable effort on clarifying the scope of the Regulation, in particular on the processing of electronic communications data by the end-users or entrusted third parties after receipt, or upon receipt for ensuring the security of the end-users’ network and information systems.
The report summarizes the most controversial topics discussed to which the Member States have failed to find a common approach within the legislative process. These include the child abuse imagery, need of the processing of data to provide electronic communications service, the question of data retention or the concerns about the way the ePR would interact with new technologies, in particular in the context of M2M and IoT services.
In 2020, the Presidency (Croatia: January-June 2020 and Germany: July-December) may need to re-draft the text. The Commission could also choose to withdraw the proposal altogether.