Non-personal data may circulate freely in Europe

Non-personal data in Europe

Since yesterday the Regulation (EU) 2018 / 1807 began to be applied, allowing non-personal data to circulate freely in the European Union.

This regulation contemplates the principle of free circulation of data established by the European Commission, which began to be applied in May of 2018 when the RGDP took effect.

Non-personal data are those that could be generated in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) or cloudcomputing.

For example, the data that come from the maintenance of industrial machinery or research.

Thus, with the application of Regulation (EU) 2018 / 1807, obstacles for storing, transferring and processing non-personal data are eliminated for companies.

In this way, the regulation aims to improve competition among providers of cloud services in the European Union and to make the data market more flexible.

Digital Single Market of Europe

The liberalization of non-personal data is part of the strategy to promote Digital Single Market

This strategy promoted by the European Commission (EC) is based on three pillars:

  • Better access to consumers and companies to online goods
  • An environment in which digital networks and services can flourish
  • The digital sector as a growth engine

The EC informed that this measure will benefit the data economy in up to 739.000 million euros in 2020 and represents 4% of the EU GDP.

Thus, a further step is taken towards the unification of the European market and the elimination of obstacles to fully benefit from digital tools.

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