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Data December 4, 2020 What do startups think of the Data Governance Act? 

Last week the European Commission presented the Data Governance Act, its ambition is to facilitate the availability and sharing of public data inside the European Union. The proposal aims to complete the Open Data Directive adopted in 2019. It also sets the groundwork for the upcoming Data Act which is aimed to be released in …

Data Latest News Open Letter October 8, 2020 Open Letter: Commit to Data Flows & Back it up with Action

Dear President of the European Council, Dear Mr. Michel, Dear President of the European Commission, Dear Ms. von der Leyen, Startup communities across Europe urge policy makers to enable data flows across markets. Committing to free data flows necessitates an updated data adequacy agreement with the United States and revamping of the Standard Contractual Clauses …

Data Latest News Policy September 22, 2020 Why data localisation is not an ingredient for economic growth

The European Union should not undercut its initiatives to ignite startup-fueled post-COVID-19 economic growth with costly and ineffective data localisation measures. When Commissioner Breton argues that “European data should be stored and processed in Europe”, this could pose significant damage to startup ecosystems and undermine much of the positive impact of recent free flow of …

Data Policy July 29, 2020 Transatlantic Data Flows: So what are the options for startups?

Following the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling on Privacy Shield, startup communities must strike one important mechanism off the list of avenues for transatlantic data transfers. It begs the question: why does this matter and what other mechanisms do startups have at their disposal? Data adequacy is granted by the European Commission if another …

Data Policy Press Release February 19, 2020 Allied For Startups welcomes the debate on the new Digital Strategy from the European Commission  

[Brussels, 19 February 2020] Allied for Startups welcomes that the European Commission is starting the debate on a comprehensive approach to digital policy with the release of a European digital strategy, a European strategy on data and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Whitepaper.   Digital Strategy “After the Digital Single Market Strategy, the Digital Strategy provides …

Data September 29, 2018 Why Data Protection & Data Localisation Don’t Mix Well

Data localisation measures run contrary to best practises in lawmaking. Besides increasing cost and decreasing choice for users, they are bad news for startups globally. Contrary to their intent, such measures make data protection harder. Data protection is in startups’ DNA. While some applications are indispensable for users, deletion is only a click away if …

Data March 20, 2018 Free Flow of Data: A ‘ferrari for startups?’

If a startup was a car, what would it be? In light of the fragmentation in the digital economy, the racetrack it is on would be curvy and steep one. Yet, if the regulation for free flow of non-personal data passes, Rapporteur Corazza Bildt thinks startups could get a ferrari. 🏎 What’s this about? Currently, …

Data December 13, 2016 The Case for Free Flow of Data

Think global – that’s what startups do from day one. To do so, they require a healthy mix of access to finance, talent, market, education, culture and startup-friendly regulations, which constitute a ecosystem. A borderless internet is one core component of this environment – and that requires free flow of data. We’ve been here before. …

Data September 19, 2016 Global Data Flows in Trade

Why cross-border data flows should be included in trade agreements currently under negotiation.

Data Open Letter May 11, 2016 Open letter to Co-legislators on the General Data Protection Regulation

With the trilogue negotiations of the GDPR coming to a crucial phase we are writing you on behalf of tech startups to make our voice heard in favour a data protection framework that helps building trust…