The Staff Working Document on the free flow of data and emerging issues of the European data economy accompanies the Communication on Building a European Data Economy, adopted on 10 January 2017. The purpose of this Staff Working Document is to provide additional evidence and a detailed description of the emerging issues relevant for the EU data economy.

The objective is to inform the debate and in particular the dialogue with stakeholders on the issues of free flow of data, access to and transfer of non-personal machine-generated data, data liability, as well as issues related to the portability of non-personal data. It builds on preliminary available evidence and a first set of stakeholder consultation meetings.

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