December 3, 2018
The Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 28 November. Publication follows the formal adoption of the Regulation by the Council of the EU on 9 November 2018.
Here is a quick reminder of what the new rules entail.
The new rules are designed to boost the data economy and the development of emerging technologies such as cross-border autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
The reforms ban data localisation restrictions imposed by Member States on the geographical location for storing or processing non-personal data, unless such restrictions are justified on grounds of public security. Member States’ authorities will continue to have access to data even when it is located in another country. Data may need to be accessed, for example for the purposes of regulatory or supervisory control.
The Regulation encourages the development of codes of conduct to make it easier for users of data processing services to switch providers or to port their data back to their own IT systems.
The Regulation will be directly applicable in all Member States six months after publication. To access the Regulation, click here.