Commission outlines next steps towards a European data economy
On 10 January 2017, the European Commission proposed policy and legal solutions to unleash EU's data economy, as part of its Digital Single Market strategy.
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. The Commission also launched two public consultations and a debate with Member States and stakeholders to define the next steps.
In the Communication, the Commission also proposed to interested Member States to get involved in cross-border projects exploring emerging data issues in a real life situation. Some projects on cooperative connected and automated mobility (CAD) that allow vehicles to connect with each other and with roadside infrastructure are already underway in some Member States. The Commission wants to build on these projects and test out the regulatory implications of access to and liability of data.