In February, the European Commission presented its proposal for a fair and innovative data economy called the Data Act. The Data Act consists of rules on who can use and access what data for which purpose across all economic sectors in the EU (to equalize large and small int users/providers possibilities).
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In other words, the goal is to make sharing, use and reuse of data available to all equally by having EU-wide standards. The Data Act is the next piece in the Commission’s digital legislation efforts along the already well-known DMA and DSA files.
The possibility of sharing data in the EU single market brings great advantages to everyday life and business-related engagement. However, with the increasing number of intra EU cross border transactions, there is an increased risk on data security as well. Citizens experience the advantages of the EU single market more and more every day, subsequently they expect sensitive personal data should be protected everywhere in the EU. In this regard, the now under evaluation eIDAS Regulation is a key enabler for secure cross-border transactions. While these advantages are clear and even needed, they cannot come at the price of unnecessary cybersecurity risks.
The US and EU should focus on a shared set of values to define the digital policy space. Digital policies on both sides of the Atlantic should be consistent with the transatlantic principles and checked against security risks. Furthermore, the security angle should not only be seen from one direction, but a multidisciplinary approach is also needed to tackle the wide variety of concerns that are present in both the EU and US. The Technology and Trade Council (TTC) provides an opportunity to build the aforementioned shared set of values. The EU and the US should use this platform to jumpstart deeper cooperation and set standards in the realm of tech policy.
In this regard, three questions are important to ask.
- What is needed to intensify transatlantic collaboration on tech policy?
- How can we balance the geographically fragmented jurisdictions with the reality of a transatlantic digital society?
- How can we balance the interests of the business interest groups and the European/American citizen?
- Malte Beyer-Katzenberger: DG Connect, Unit G1 Data Policy and Innovation
- Owen Bennett: Senior policy manager, Mozilla
- Ruth Berry—Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the International Information and Communications Policy division of the US State Department’s Cyberspace and Digital Policy
Led by: Joseph Fraley, GLOBSEC Brussels staff member