«A historical result!», welcomed last night Anna Maria Corazza, the EP rapporteur on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union, when the European Parliament, Council and the European Commission reached a political agreement on new rules that will allow data to be stored and processed everywhere in the EU without unjustified restrictions.
«Data localisation restrictions are signs of protectionism for which there is no place in a single market, declared Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip. After free movement of people, goods, services and capital, we have made the next step with this agreement for a free flow of non-personal data to drive technological innovations and new business models and create a European data space for all types of data».
Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel added: «Data is the backbone of today’s digital economy and this proposal will help to build a common European data space. The European data economy can become a powerful driver for growth, create new jobs and open up new business models and innovation opportunities. With this agreement we are one step closer to completing the Digital Single Market by the end of 2018».
According to the Berlaymont, the new free flow of non-personal data rules, which are said to be in line with existing rules for the free movement and portability of personal data in the EU, should set a framework for data storing and processing across the EU, prohibiting data localisation restrictions, ensure data availability for regulatory control and encourage creation of codes of conduct for cloud services to facilitate switching between cloud service providers under clear deadlines, what will allow «businesses & public administrations to get better/cheaper cloud services and decide where in the EU they store and process data», tweeted last night Roberto Viola, the European Commission’s Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.
Photo: Anna Maria Corazza / Mathieu Cugnot / Copyright © European Union 2017 – Source: EP
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