Guide to Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (EU)


Key Questions: What are The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR)? How do they apply to my organization in the UK?

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) sit alongside the Data Protection Act. They give people specific privacy rights in relation to electronic communications. There are specific rules on: marketing calls, emails, texts and faxes; cookies (and similar technologies); keeping communications services secure; and customer privacy as regards traffic and location data, itemized billing, line identification, and directory listings.

This toolkit explains how to apply the Regulations by giving practical examples and answering frequently asked questions.

Related Tool: Guide to Data Protection


  • Introduction
  • What are PECR?
  • Key concepts and definitions
  • Electronic and telephone marketing
  • Cookies and similar technologies
  • Communication network and services
  • Exemptions 
  • Complaints 
Link to Tool: 
Guide to PECR
Contact Person/Organization: 

Information Commissioner's Office (ico.)

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 

The law enforcement provisions of the Data Protection Bill