EC issues draft ePrivacy rules for all digital providers 

The European Commission has published its proposal to update laws on the confidentiality and security of electronic communications by extending measures to all businesses that offer digital communication services. The new ePrivacy Regulation is intended to replace Directive 2002/58/EC and align all rules for electronic communications with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced last year and due to enter into application by 25 May 2018. Above all, the EC proposes that privacy rules also cover new providers of electronic communications services, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Gmail, iMessage, or Viber, and not just traditional telecom operators. “Our proposals will deliver the trust in the Digital Single Market that people expect,” said EC Vice-President, adding that “our draft ePrivacy Regulation strikes the right balance: it provides a high level of protection for consumers, while allowing businesses to innovate."

***Vodafone India is looking at a possible merger with one of the top four Indian operators Jio or Idea as the company wants to escape from a price war between Aircel and new player Jio, writes Telegraph.co.uk. Jio and Idea could themselves combine. Vodafone India was forced to halt its planned stock market flotation due to the fierce battle between Aircel and Jio which are owned by Indian businessmen and brothers Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani. Jio is currently investing in its new LTE network and is holding promotions to get a fifth of the market.

*** Zain Group has announced the selection of five Kuwaiti nationals to participate in the company’s year-long graduate training programme, dubbed ‘Generation Z’. The recently revamped programme is targeted at candidates who display entrepreneurial flair and who will be able to inject a startup mindset during their time at Zain Group. The successful candidates were handpicked following a rigorous assessment process and will be placed on the year-long course, which will test their knowledge, enhance their learning through targeted development, and support them to cultivate their ideas in ways that are customer-centric and relevant. The ‘Generation Z’ Youth Empowerment Initiative is the brainchild of Zain Group Vice Chairman Bader Al Kharafi, a keen supporter of developing and empowering Kuwaiti youth and builds on the Zainers 2.0 graduate program that was launched in September 2015.