EC proposes end to national data storage requirements

Thursday 14 September 2017 | 10:13 CET | News

The European Commission has proposed a regulation banning national rules requiring local data storage, in order to support the free flow of non-personal data in the EU single market. If approved, national governments would no longer be able to require businesses to store data on-premises or in local data centres. 

Digital service providers have called for an end to such national rules, saying they face difficulties operating internationally due to different local requirements for the storage of various types of customer and business data. Lifting the national restrictions is also expected to make it easier for businesses to change storage and hosting providers. 

Personal data already benefits from protection and assurances on free flow of information under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and ePrivacy directive. The Commission said the new regulation would also make sure that all data is still available to law enforcement and other regulatory authorities as needed. 

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