The Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in a Digital Single Market was signed on November 14, 2018 at the European Parliament by its President Antonio Tajani.
The Regulation is one of the sixteen intended actions listed in the Digital Single Market strategy of May 2015: the free flow of non-personal data could be seen, in fact, as a pre-requisite for a competitive data economy within the Digital Single Market.
Antonio Tajani underlined the importance of the free flow of non-personal data by defining it as "a cornerstone for artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data analysis, generating savings of more than €8bn per year".
The new Regulation will face the existing obstacles to the free flow on personal data in order to ensure:
- Free movement of non-personal data across borders: every organisation should be able to store and process their data anywhere in the EU;
- Availability of data for regulatory control: public authorities will retain access to data, also when it is located in another Member State or when it is stored or processed in the cloud;
- Easier switching of cloud service providers for professional users;
- Full consistency and synergies with the cybersecurity package.
Together with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force in May 2018 and that is dealing with personal data, this Regulation will ensure a comprehensive and coherent approach to the free movement of all data in the EU.