The Socialists and Democrats have voted in favour of removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data for businesses and public authorities within the EU. The new rules will encourage flexibility in the market of cloud services and enable businesses to choose IT resources, switch between service providers and make full use of cloud services. The Regulation would bring an 18-fold growth of the European data economy, which by 2020 would represent 4% of EU GDP. MEPs underlined that this growth must not ‘sacrifice’ citizens’ personal data.
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In a speech in parliament, Catherine Stihler said:
“The free flow of non-personal data is essential for the success of the digital economy. With this in mind, just a few weeks ago, the UK government issued a notice to companies to start drawing up standard contractual clauses for data transfers, in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
“Just hours ago, at Tory party conference, the British Prime Minister stills talks of a no-deal. How irresponsible!
“UK companies doing business in Europe – in the new data economy we want to encourage – would be the hardest hit with a no deal, because data from the EU would not be able to flow into the UK until adequacy arrangements were put in place.
“This can only lead to higher costs and more uncertainty in an area of the economy which has the greatest chance for growth. Brexit is nothing about the national interest but everything about the Tory Party interest.
“The Tory party is not one of opportunity but a party of opportunists.
“I don’t want my country to leave the EU, but if it is, it needs to remain part of the single market and customs union, for certainty, security and stability.”