The working group on switching cloud providers and data porting ('SWIPO') presented the first copies of two data portability Codes of Conduct to the Council and the Commission, as foreseen in the Regulation on the Free Flow of non-personal Data.

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The ‘SWIPO’ cloud stakeholder working group has finalised the development of two Codes of Conduct on data portability and cloud switching. At the occasion of the Data Economy Conference of the Finnish presidency of the EU, the working group formally presented the first copies of the Codes of Conduct to Roberto Viola, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, and Ms. Maria Rautavirta, representative of the Finnish government.

Apart from two dedicated Codes of Conduct, respectively on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud services and on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud services, the SWIPO working group also delivered an extensive proposal for a governance structure. This governance structure should make the Codes of Conduct practically enforceable, e.g. through a complaints mechanism for users. The deadline for the implementation of the Codes of Conduct is May 2020, as foreseen by the Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data (FFD).

As determined in the FFD Regulation, the European Commission will evaluate the impact of those Codes of Conduct before November 2022. This evaluation will notably focus on the effects that the SWIPO Codes of Conduct will have on the fluidity and competitiveness of the cloud market.

Codes of Conduct on data portability and cloud switching

SWIPO press release