Half of all EU Member States have penned a letter to the European Commission (EU) and the Netherlands (which currently holds the rotating presidency) calling for the removal of barriers to the free flow of data within and outside of the EU. The countries responsible for  the letter, including the UK, Finland, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden, cited as their rationale the need to ensure that the EU continues to benefit from new data-driven technologies. The letter, delivered on 23 May, urged the Commission to ensure that the development of these technologies is not hampered by regulation and encouraged it to avoid a “one size fits all” approach.

The Letter