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.
"New developments such as the cloud, the Internet of Things and big data can thrive in Europe and that citizens, innovative web entrepreneurs and other businesses can take full advantage of their potential."
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission