Value dou­ble

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

The value of the data mar­ket in the EU to­day is €50bn, but by 2020 it will rise to €111bn, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Vice Pres­i­dent An­drus An­sip told The Malta In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day dur­ing an in­ter­view.

Com­mis­sioner An­sip, who holds over­ar­ch­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket, de­clared him­self against forced data lo­cal­i­sa­tion (stor­ing user data in a data cen­tre on the in­ter­net that is phys­i­cally sit­u­ated in the same coun­try as the one in which the data orig­i­nated.).

“Around the world we can see that the num­ber of dif­fer­ent rules pro­hibit­ing free data flows is in­creas­ing. In the EU we now have more than 50 dif­fer­ent rules deal­ing with forced data lo­cal­i­sa­tion in 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“Global dig­i­tal economies are based on data. If a coun­try with one law pro­hibits the free move­ment of data con­nected with pub­lic health, trans­porta­tion, smart-me­tres, for ex­am­ple, then we can say they pro­hibit free move­ment of 90 per cent of all the pos­si­ble data.

“Big com­pa­nies would be able to deal with 28 sets of rules and able to cre­ate data cen­tres in all mem­ber states”, he said, “but for start-ups and small com­pa­nies it would be im­pos­si­ble.

“Data lo­cal­i­sa­tion for big­ger com­pa­nies is very costly and will cre­ate a lot of com­pli­ca­tions. Let’s take con­nected ve­hi­cles as an ex­am­ple. Sca­nia was able to con­nect more than 200,000 trucks around the world, get­ting in­for­ma­tion from the trucks by the minute and, as a re­sult, pro­vid­ing ad­vice on main­te­nance and im­prov­ing driv­ing habits and, be­cause they know the lo­ca­tion of these trucks, and where they have to go, be­ing able cre­ate road trains.”

“If data lo­cal­i­sa­tion be­comes a re­al­ity, does this mean that Sca­nia will need data cen­tres in ev­ery state? What will hap­pen to the trucks when they cross bor­ders?

“Let’s con­sider healthcare. In Es­to­nia, healthcare records are owned by the pa­tients, but in the ma­jor­ity of mem­ber states they are owned by hos­pi­tals and in some states pa­tients don’t even have the right to copies of their per­sonal health records. How can we talk about free­dom of move­ment for pa­tients when there are those who can­not even get copies of their own records? If we are talk­ing about a rare con­di­tion, for ex­am­ple, a small coun­try would per­haps have around five cases a year. We all know that to­day – and even more so in the fu­ture – healthcare data is help­ful when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing pat­terns and cor­re­la­tions. But if a coun­try has only five cases a year, how

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