Building the European Data Economy
The European Commission should continue to carefully evaluate existing data localisation restrictions, in order to tackle those requirements in the EU that turn out to have no justification under European legislation.
ERT supports the next steps set out by the Commission in its Communication of January 2017 which are aimed at achieving this objective.
With regard to the other emerging issues raised in the Communication, such as data access and transfer as well as liability, ERT regards the existing legal framework as fit for purpose.
While we would welcome the European Commission to issue guidance, based on existing legislation, as regards incentivising business to share data, additional legislation on the emerging issues under discussion risks undermining innovation and the development of the data economy.