This paper discusses the protection of the right to confidentiality of communications in Europe. The authors look at the right’s origins as a fundamental right to assess the rationale for protecting the right. They also analyse how the right is currently protected under the European Convention on Human Rights and under EU law.

The Right to Communications Confidentiality in Europe: Protecting Trust, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression (Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius en Wilfred Steenbruggen,