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Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations

What are the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations?

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations are closely related to the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation.

The Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations are laws and guidance that cover how personal data can be used for marketing purposes, for example, in telephone marketing, SMS messages and emails. They outline the obligation of companies to seek consent for carrying out certain kinds of marketing activities.

The Regulations also cover a number of other things, such as cookies and location data.

How do the Regulations affect the University?

Many departments at the University will not be directly affected by these regulations, but will still need to be aware of the importance of making sure that indviduals have given consent to receive any marketing communications from us. Any department at the University who operates a website will need to be aware of the regulations concerning cookies. You can find the guidance from the University of Warwick on cookies at the "Cookies" webpage.

Further information

You can find more information about the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations from the Information Commissioner's Office website.

Specific guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office on cookies is also available.

For information about the new rules on cookies, please see the cookies page

New EU e-Privacy regulation (ePR)

While preparations for the GDPR dominate the headlines, it’s not the only change on the horizon. The new e-Privacy Regulation, like the GDPR, is a regulation and therefore will become legally binding across the EU, complementing the GDPR.

Watch this space for more information!