Third Data Package adopted
The Commission has adopted on the 25th April 2018 the third Data Package. It includes a Communication “Towards a common European data space” which addresses the issue of access to private sector data for public interest purposes (with a list of key principles on business-to-government (B2G) data sharing) and a guidance document on sharing private sector data (an ‘how to‘ check-list presenting the models, the legal and practical considerations as well as the technical means to establish B2G collaboration with many examples taken from the statistical field).
The Commission will organise a high-level round table on access to private sector data for public interest reasons to further reflect on this topic, while paying due attention to the advanced degree of maturity of the discussion in some domains (the re-use of data for official statistics is mentioned as an example).
In parallel, the Commission has adopted a proposal for a recast of the directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI directive). It is proposed to widen the scope of the directive in order to cover public undertakings operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and those acting as public service operators. This corresponds to an extension that also goes in the right direction and should offer new opportunities in the future for statistical offices to access new data sources. The proposal also includes new provisions such as the obligation to make dynamic content (e.g. traffic data, satellite data, weather data) available immediately after collection as well as the definition of free of charge datasets of high-value for re-use, which are also elements going in a positive direction.
For further information:
Commission press release and links to relevant documents Brussels 25 April 2018