EDPS comments on the Commission Recommendation and the accompanying impact assessment on the implementation of the harmonised EU-wide in-vehicle emergency call ("eCall")
The EDPS has provided comments in relation to the Commission's intention to establish a European regulatory framework on eCall. One of its major components will consist in putting forward a proposal for a Regulation providing for the mandatory introduction of the in-vehicle part of the eCall service in new type-approved vehicles in Europe.
The EDPS particularly welcomes a harmonised European approach to eCall, which should contribute to setting consistent data protection standards for its deployment and use. However the EDPS underlines that the choice of a mandatory introduction of eCall will have to be properly justified in terms of data protection. Furthermore, appropriate guarantees will need to be set forth in the Regulation which take into account data protection principles, including clarifying the responsibilities of the different operators and adopting rules for the processing of eCall data by all actors of the eCall chain. Given the data protection implications of the envisaged Regulation, the EDPS and the Article 29 Working Party should be duly consulted on the proposal from the Commission for a Regulation on eCall.