The European Commission proposed on January 10th 2016 policy and legal solutions to unleash EU’s data economy as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy presented last May 2015. The European Commission adopted a Communication on "Building a European Data Economy", accompanied by a Staff Working Document, where it looks at the rules and regulations impeding the free flow of data and present options to remove unjustified or disproportionate data location restrictions, and,
outlines legal issues regarding access to and transfer of data, data portability and liability of non-personal, machine-generated digital data.
"In today’s globalised world, the transition to a digital economy is essential for Europe competitive edge, economic growth and jobs. The digital revolution is not a dream for the future, it is happening now, transforming economy and society. The key challenge for Europe is to fully capture the opportunity and value of digitization." Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Müller, BDVA President