Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-personal Data

In September 2017, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in European Union. This Regulation is intended to support the development of the Digital Single Market and European Data Economy. Science Europe is closely monitoring the legislative process and analysing its impact on research and on its Member Organisations.

Free flow of non-personal data

New digital technologies and developments, such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things rely on the use of large amounts of data to maximise efficiency, enable economies of scale, and develop new services.

The European Commission sees a number of barriers to the free flow of data that hinder the development of the Digital Single Market and European Data Economy, including:

  • Data localisation restrictions at the national level (either legislative or administrative)
  • Lack of trust in the market
  • Practices that hinder switching between service providers or prevent data portability

Its proposal for a framework to legislate and harmonise the free movement of non-personal data aims to remove these barriers and create legal certainty. The European Commission wants to facilitate the development of self-regulatory codes of conduct to enable an easy change of service providers and improve data portability.

Scope of the Regulation

The scope of the Regulation is defined as “the storage or other processing of electronic data other than personal data in the Union which is provided as a service to users residing or having an establishment in the Union”, or “carried out by a natural or legal person residing or having an establishment in the Union for its own needs”. Science Europe Member Organisations fall under this definition.

News

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(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

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(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

Documents

The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more