4 May 2022, Brussels, Belgium – DOT Europe, the voice of digital, online and tech companies in the EU, welcomes the Commission’s ambitions to boost data sharing through a Data Act but warns that some provisions could hinder data-sharing in the Union.
In its position paper published today, DOT Europe calls for policymakers to avoid undermining investment in innovation and data generation by putting forward more robust safeguards for trade secrets and intellectual property to avoid. It also would like to see the legislation allow users to port cogenerated data to services of their choosing. Finally, DOT Europe cautions that rigid interoperability requirements for cloud services risk adversely impacting innovation in the cloud economy and adequacy regimes need to be assessed against the risk of illegal transfers to third country governments.
Siada El Ramly, Director General of DOT Europe, said: “The Data Act clarifies various legal aspects of the non-personal data economy, which will provide important safeguards for service providers. However, the proposal’s inconsistent objectives and provisions risk undermining data sharing in the EU. ” DOT Europe intends to work closely with co-legislators to give the proposal a more focused and innovation-oriented scope.
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Notes to the editor:
- DOT Europe (previously called EDiMA) is the voice of the leading internet companies in Europe. DOT Europe’s mission is to develop ideas and support policy initiatives that foster an innovative, open and safe internet for Europe’s citizens and businesses. More information is available here: https://doteurope.eu/
- DOT Europe represents 22 of the leading internet companies: Airbnb, Allegro, Amazon, Apple, eBay, Etsy, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google, King, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nextdoor, OLX, Shopify, Snap, Spotify, TikTok, Twitter, Yahoo, Yelp.
- Its members produce and manage a variety of products, services and applications including browsers, entertainment platforms, social networks, marketplaces and review sites. More information is available here: https://doteurope.eu/members