Yesterday, Ecommerce Europe could be found as co-signatory of a joint industry statement on the EU Data Act together with 12 other associations, representing start-ups, SMEs, e-commerce industries and technology. In the statement, Ecommerce Europe and our co-signatories express our concerns regarding key elements of the proposed Data Act, notably the provisions concerning business-to-business data-sharing, cloud-switching, and international data transfers.
To ensure a future-proof Data Act that provides incentives for taking part in the rapidly developing data economy, the co-signatories ask EU policymakers to consider the following recommendations:
- Clarify the definition of the data in scope;
- Take into account legitimate business interests;
- Ensure the protection of trade secrets;
- Ensure financial and operation viability of cloud contracts;
- Ensure cooperation between all parties to the switching process;
- Reconsider the notion of functional equivalence;
- Avoid hindering international data flows.
The letter was signed by:
- Allied for Startups
- CCIA, Computers & Communications Industry Association
- Confederation of Danish Industry
- Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SPCR)
- Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
- Developers Alliance
- Ecommerce Europe
- Infobalt Lithuania
- ITI, Information Technology Industry Council
If you wish to read the full joint industry statement, please find it here.