Ecommerce Europe co-signs joint industry statement on the EU Data Act


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: 

  1. Clarify the definition of the data in scope;
  2. Take into account legitimate business interests;
  3. Ensure the protection of trade secrets;
  4. Ensure financial and operation viability of cloud contracts;
  5. Ensure cooperation between all parties to the switching process;
  6. Reconsider the notion of functional equivalence;
  7. Avoid hindering international data flows. 

The letter was signed by: 

  • Adigital
  • 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
  • IBEC
  • Infobalt Lithuania
  • ITI, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Teknikföretagen

If you wish to read the full joint industry statement, please find it here.