On Monday, 12 December, a leaked version of the ePrivacy Regulation was published online. The most obvious change is that the file is being proposed as a European Regulation, rather than a Directive. This significantly affects the way that the law would apply - Directives require national implementation and usually Member States have two years to assess how to bring the European law within their national regimes. As a Regulation, the law could apply immediately upon adoption, and would apply directly in Member States. It would take precedence over the GDPR because it is specified as a lex specialis.