In the first months after joining the EU in 2007 Bulgaria transposed into its national legislation the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive 2002 (the ePrivacy Directive). Same as the ePrivacy Directive, the Bulgarian Electronic Communications Act 2007 (the Electronic Communications Act) aims to ensure the protection of the right to privacy in the electronic communications services and the free movement of electronic communications data. It applies to both legal and natural persons. The Bulgarian Electronic Commerce Act 2006 (the Electronic Commerce Act) which implements the Electronic Commerce Directive (00/31/EC) is also relevant because the purpose of this Directive (and therefore the Electronic Commerce Act) is to ensure the free movement of “information society services” across the European Community and to encourage greater use of ecommerce by breaking down barriers across Europe and boost consumer confidence and trust.
In January 2017, the European Commission published a proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation, which, if and when adopted, will be directly applicable in all EU Member States and replacing the e-Privacy Directive, will establish, together with the GDPR (please refer to “Data Protection” below), a new privacy legal framework for electronic communications. On 10th July 2018, the European Council released a draft of revisions to the proposed ePrivacy Regulation.