The European Commission (Commission) has issued a proposed Regulation for establishing the framework for the free flow of non-personal data within the EU.
The free flow of non-personal data is one of the sixteen intended actions in the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. In this context, obstacles to data mobility have been identified as a key problem to building a competitive data economy.
It its communication on the proposal the Commission notes that our economy is relying increasingly heavily on data. As a result, data can add significant value to existing services and form the basis of new innovative business models. Research suggests that removing obstacles to data mobility could generate additional growth. The Commission notes that “to fully unleash the data economy benefits we need to ensure the free flow of data, allowing companies and public administrators to store and process non-personal data wherever they choose in the EU.”
The aim of the proposal is to achieve a more competitive and integrated EU market for data storage and processing activities by removing the main barriers to the free flow of data, identified as:
Key articles of the Regulation seek to:
The final draft of the Regulation is scheduled to come into force six months after its publication in the Official Journal.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out the approach to the free movement of personal data within the European Union. It is hoped that, together, the GDPR and this Regulation will form a clear and comprehensive approach to the free movement data, which will balance the right level of protection with the freedom to enable businesses to thrive.
Contributor: Jenai Nissim
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