European Commission: Public Consultation on Building the European Data Economy

10 Jan 2017 - 26 Apr 2017


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on 'Building the European data economy', with the purpose of collecting input for shaping the future policy agenda on the European data economy.

Stakeholders are invited to share their views on:

  • whether and how local or national data localisation restrictions inhibit the free flow of data in Europe
  • whether and to what extent digital non-personal machine-generated data are traded and exchanged
  • the nature and magnitude of any barriers to accessing such data
  • ways of tackling those barriers
  • emerging Internet of Things and robotics liability challenges
  • practices and issues relating to data portability, interoperability and standards.

The consultation targets: businesses of all sizes, manufacturers and users of connected devices, operators and users of online platforms, data brokers, businesses commercialising data-based products and services, public authorities, non-governmental organisations, researchers and research organisations, and consumers.

Prior to reponding to the ocnsultation survey, respondens are invited to read the 'Building the European Data Economy' package (adopted by the Commission on 10 January 2017) consisting of a Communication and a Staff Working Document.

The results of the consultation will feed into a possible Commission's initiative in 2017 on Building the European Data Economy.

To contribute to the consultation, visit the dedicated webpage.