European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality, or an open internet, means that information on the internet should be transmitted impartially, without regard to content, destination or source and that users should be able to decide what applications, services and hardware they want to use. This means that internet service providers cannot decide to prioritise or slow down access to certain applications or services.

The EDPS has highlighted that some traffic management policies can endanger the confidentiality of communications and the respect for the privacy of individuals and their personal data when they use the internet.

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13/01/2014
13
Jan
2014

The European single market proposal for the electronic communication sector as an area of tension between data protection, net neutrality and economic freedom

Speech of Peter Hustinx at the Fourth Bonn "Regulation Meeting", 13 January 2014, Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) - Bonn

14/11/2013
14
Nov
2013

European single market for electronic communications

Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent, and amending Directives 2002/20/EC, 2002/21/EC and 2002/22/EC and Regulations (EC) No 1211/2009 and (EU) No 531/2012

10/04/2013
10
Apr
2013

The Digital Agenda for Europe

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on 'The Digital Agenda for Europe - Driving European growth digitally'

06/03/2013
6
Mar
2013

Protection of personal data: now part of our DNA

Speech of Peter Hustinx given at the EESC Conference "Towards a more responsible use of the internet - The European civil society perspective" - Brussels

13/10/2011
13
Oct
2011

European Account Preservation Order

Opinion on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council creating a European Account Preservation Order to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters, OJ C 373/03, 21.12.2011, p.4

07/10/2011
7
Oct
2011

Net neutrality

Opinion on net neutrality, traffic management and the protection of privacy and personal data, OJ C 34/01, 08.02.2012, p.1

07/10/2011
7
Oct
2011

"A serious policy debate on net neutrality must effectively address users' confidentiality of communication", says EDPS

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission Communication on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe (*), a subject that has triggered great interest and controversy over recent months. Net neutrality refers to the issue of whether Internet service providers (ISPs) should be allowed to monitor network traffic to filter or restrict Internet access, for example to block specific services or applications (e.g.

15/04/2011
15
Apr
2011
06/10/2010
6
Oct
2010

Public consultation on open Internet and net neutrality in Europe - EC

Letter and comments concerning DG INFSO's public consultation on open Internet and net neutrality in Europe (Case 2010-0645)