On 19 February 2020, the European Commission published details of its data strategy (here), the aim of which is to “create a single European data space – a genuine single market for data, open to data from across the world – where personal as well as non-personal data, including sensitive business data, are secure and businesses also have easy access to an almost infinite amount of high-quality industrial data, boosting growth and creating value, while minimising the human carbon and environmental footprint.”

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published its opinion on the data strategy on 16 June 2020 (here). In essence, the EDPS supports the Commission’s commitment to develop the strategy in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and European fundamental rights and values, including the right to the protection of personal data provided under Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. However, the EDPS took the opportunity in its opinion to remind the Commission of a few specific areas of EU data protection law which it will need to consider in relation to some of the proposals set out in the strategy.

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