Guidance on the free flow of non-personal data (Communication)

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EESC section opinion: Guidance on the free flow of non-personal data (Communication)

Composition of the drafting group

Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI

Assistant: Nadezhda SERTOVA

Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting: 11 September 2019
Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 25-26 September 2019

Gist of the Commission document

The Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union (FFD Regulation), which applies since 28 May 2019, has set - together with the existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - a legal framework for the free movement of all data within the European Union.

The present guidance is an obligation foreseen in the FFD Regulation. It aims to clarify in practical terms and with concrete examples the interaction between the GDPR and FFD regulations, specifying which rules apply when processing personal and non-personal data, especially as regards datasets composed of both personal and non-personal data. This should increase the legal certainty for businesses to process their data wherever they want in the EU, with unrestricted movement of data across borders and IT systems in the EU.

The guidance also takes into consideration the role covered by self-regulation in allowing market players to build trust in the sector.