JAN 09, 2017 | EUROPEAN UNION
BSA Encourages Free Flow of Data Regulation, Cautions Against Rushed Action on Emerging Issues
BRUSSELS — January 10, 2017 — BSA takes note of the Commission’s communication on how to ‘Build a European Data Economy’ which was published earlier today, focusing on the free flow of data and the so-called ‘emerging issues.’
The Commission’s decision to scale back on its ambition of safeguarding the free movement of data in the EU through bespoke legislation is unfortunate. However, we remain hopeful that legally binding rules banning data localization will be introduced in the coming months. In an increasingly data-driven economy in which most business sectors rely on the cross-border transfer of data, unrestricted data flows are an absolute prerequisite for the completion of the EU’s Single Market. Therefore we urge the EU to enact stronger rules so that it can also engage with its international trading partners to seek similar discipline, which is indispensable for growth in the digital economy.
The Commission is also trying to determine whether market distortions are present in specific areas such as data portability, data access, and ownership, and liability.” However, and while outlining the need to gather actual evidence of market failure and launch a public consultation, the Commission is already delineating potential policy options in those areas for upcoming legislative action. “We are puzzled by the fact that the Commission is trying to establish the need for regulatory action where, to this day, there are no proven market distortions”, said Thomas Boué, BSA Director General, Policy – EMEA.
“If there is indeed a need for preemptive action at the EU level, the Commission should focus on data localization which, if left unchecked, could have structural implications for the EU single market and European competitiveness,” he concluded.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.