(12) The use of machine-to-machine services, that is to say services involving an automated transfer of data and information between devices or software-based applications with limited or no human interaction, is emerging. While the services provided at the application-layer of such services do normally not qualify as an electronic communications service as defined in the [Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code], the transmission services used for the provision of machine-to-machine services regularly involves the conveyance of signals via an electronic communications network and, hence, constitutes an electronic communications service. In order to ensure full protection of the rights to privacy and confidentiality of communications, and to promote a trusted and secure Internet of Things in the digital single market, it is necessary to clarify that this Regulation, in particular the requirements relating to the confidentiality of communications, should apply to the transmission of machine-to-machine electronic communications where carried out via an electronic communications service. Specific safeguards could also be adopted under sectorial legislation, as for instance Directive 2014/53/EU.
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