The European Union has agreed on the rules for the

The European Union has agreed on the rules for the transfer of personal data by IT giants

MEPs and EU officials have agreed on rules governing the transfers of personal and company data outside of Europe by tech giants and other companies, and guarantees that authorities in non-EU countries cannot access it.

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Last year, the European Commission proposed a draft “Data Law” – the document outlining the principles to regulate the dissemination of data generated by smart devices, cars and consumer products. The law is part of a package aimed at curtailing the power of US tech giants. EU concerns on the issue increased in 2013 when former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden spoke about the US government’s mass surveillance program.

According to the draft law, individuals and companies can manage their data generated by smart devices and machines – copy or transfer between platforms. Consumers and businesses have the right to determine what can be done with this information. The draft law simplifies the process of switching to other providers of data processing services, introduces measures to protect against their illegal transmission by providers and provides for the development of interoperability standards for their use by different companies.

European manufacturers also recalled the need to limit the transfer of data to third parties as part of device after-sales programs – Siemens and SAP raised concerns about data leaks related to trade secrets. This aspect is specified in the draft law: data owners can refuse requests in exceptional cases if their transmission could lead to this “serious and irreparable economic losses” and undermine the economic viability of companies.

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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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