The European Commission has proposed policy and legal solutions to unleash EU's data economy, as part of its Digital Single Market strategy presented in May 2015.
The Commission is addressing this issue because the EU is currently not making the most of its data potential. To change that, it is necessary to address unjustified restrictions to the free movement of data across borders as well as several legal uncertainties. Read more
The Commission is proposing new legislation to ensure stronger privacy in electronic communications, while opening up new business opportunities. The measures presented today aim to update current rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market – a key objective of the Digital Single Market strategy. Read more
Data is a new type of economic asset, which is rapidly becoming vital in the global economy. Most economic activity
will depend on data within a few years. This provides great opportunities for a wide range of sectors. Read more
The Commission has proposed a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications to update current rules to technical developments and to adapt them to the General Data Protection Regulation that will enter into application in May 2018. The objective is to reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market. Read more
This public consultation on Building a European data economy will help shaping the future policy agenda on the European data economy. This dialogue with stakeholders follows the adoption of the Communication on Building a European data economy and its accompanying Staff Working Document. Results will feed into the Commission's possible future initiative on the European Data Economy in 2017. Read more
The European Commission (Learning, Multilingualism & Accessibility Unit at DG CONNECT) organised an Information and Networking day to discuss Horizon 2020 LEIT Work Programme 2016-17 and present the "Interfaces for accessibility" topic (ICT 23) from the 2016 Call. Read more
The Communication on "Building a European Data Economy" includes analysis and policy actions to tackle restrictions on the free movement of data within the European Union. This extract highlights details from an ongoing policy-related study ending beginning of 2017 (Study reference: SMART 2015/0054) Read more
The study highlights the economic benefits of cloud computing uptake and free flow of data within the European Union. The study shows that a Wider adoption of cloud services could add cumulative total revenue of EUR 449 billion to the EU28 GDP with significant impact on employment and business creation. Implementation of security certification and removal of data localisation requirements could increase benefits by EUR 19 billion between 2015 and 2020 (study reference: SMART 2014/0031). Read more
This study was conducted to support the Commission in gathering the evidence base needed to evaluate Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications and to assist the Commission in assessing a number of policy options, notably from an economic perspective. The study was performed with a view to collect fact and figures, as well as other relevant information, to be used by the Commission in the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) evaluation of the ePrivacy Directive and in the work of assessing the policy options that could lead to a possible legislative revision. Read more
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. Read more