December 19, 2017

BRUSSELS -- Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, called on the European Commission to ensure it includes provisions in proposal for regulation concerning the free flow of non-personal data.

“It is crucial that the EU truly allow the free flow of data within the single market to maintain its credibility in the global debate on data flows with third countries,” said ITI Senior Director of Global Policy for Europe Guido Lobrano. “The introduction of a public policy exception could undermine the ‘free flow of data’ proposal, giving Member States carte blanche to require the localization of data, hindering Europe’s efforts to build a true digital single market. ITI urges the Council to ensure that the introduction of data localization requirements only happens on the basis of concrete, identifiable risks to ‘public security’ and only where the restrictions are targeted, proportionate, and notified to the European Commission.”

ITI has long advocated for the free flow of data. Most recently, Josh Kallmer, ITI’s senior vice president of global policy, authored a policy paper, Dear World Leaders: Tear Down Your Digital Walls, on the economic and societal benefits of the free flow of data.

Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment, Forced Localization