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Data protection

European competitiveness relies on the collection and use of data, including personal data. Data-driven innovation can leverage 330 billion euros a year in the EU by 2020. The new EU data protection framework must truly help the digitalisation of the European economy.

Discussions on the data protection regulation show that Europe is still very much risk-averse towards digital compared to other economic areas. It is important for Europe to reassess its risk-opportunity balance and exploit the opportunities rather than focus on the threats of the data-driven economy. The EU data protection rules at the same time must ensure the protection of EU citizens and the free movement of data in the digital single market, which is essential to development of the digital economy. The ability to transfer data not only within Europe, but also outside, is crucial for companies everywhere in the world, no matter their size, their sector or the geographic area where they operate.

Publications

Public letters Date
The ePrivacy proposal - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Nikolaus Marschik, Ambassador of Austria to the EU 25/10/2018
The future of the ePrivacy Regulation - Joint industry letter 31/05/2018
EU Parliament locks-in poor mandate ahead of e-Privacy negotiations 26/10/2017
ePrivacy Regulation (ePR) - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament 05/10/2017
Article 29 Working Party stakeholder consultation - Joint industry letter to Frans Timmermans and Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin 13/07/2017
EP LIBE motion for a resolution on the EU-US Privacy Shield - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament 03/04/2017
Provisions on cross-border data flows to be included in future trade agreements - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta 17/03/2017
Draft general data protection regulation (GDPR) guidelines - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chair of the Working Party 29 10/02/2017
The new EU-US Privacy Shield provides a solid framework for transatlantic data transfers - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin 06/04/2016
Transatlantic data flows: joint letter to Presidents Obama, Juncker, Tusk and heads of state or government of the 28 EU members states 15/01/2016
BusinessEurope message on the expected adoption of the general data protection regulation 11/12/2015
Safe harbour - joint letter from BusinessEurope and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Andrus Ansip 20/11/2015
A balanced set of rules to benefit the European digital economy - Message on the general data protection regulation in view of the trilogue discussions - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Commission Vera Jourova 15/09/2015
General data protection regulation proposal - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Dzintars Rasnacs ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 15-16 June 2015 11/06/2015
BusinessEurope message on the general data protection regulation in view of the discussions at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 4 December 2014 - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Andrea Orlando 01/12/2014
General data protection regulation - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Andrea Orlando in view of the discussions at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 10 October 2014 07/10/2014
A framework to protect personal data and boost European companies' competitiveness - BusinessEurope message on the general data protection regulation in view of the discussions at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 5-6 December 2013 02/12/2013
Letter to LIBE Committee - vote on the General Data Protection Regulation 18/10/2013
Impact of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation on Europe’s growth and innovation - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope's Director General, to Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter 03/06/2013
European Parliament opinion on the general data protection regulation - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the EP EMPL Committee ahead of their vote 20/02/2013
Position papers Date
BUSINESSEUROPE - DIGITALEUROPE joint statement on the 2nd annual EU-US Privacy Shield review 17/10/2018
Cyber-enabled industrial espionage - BusinessEurope statement 04/10/2018
Non-paper: ePrivacy position summary 16/05/2018
The proposal for a Cybersecurity Act - Additional points by BusinessEurope 10/05/2018
The proposal for a Cybersecurity Act - a BusinessEurope position paper 23/11/2017
The proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation - a BusinessEurope position paper 22/06/2017
Complying with the general data protection regulation (GDPR) in practice - BusinessEurope comments 06/02/2017
BusinessEurope input for trilogue discussions on the general data protection regulation 10/12/2015
BusinessEurope input for trilogue discussions on the general data protection regulation 15/09/2015
Safe Harbour needs to be reinforced, but it must remain in place - BusinessEurope input in view of the revision of Safe Harbour 31/03/2015
The importance of cross-border data transfers for business 26/09/2014
What does business need from the EU data protection rules? - BusinessEurope statement on data protection regulation 11/03/2014
Commission proposal on a general data protection regulation - a BusinessEurope position paper 17/10/2012
Revision of the EU data protection framework - a BusinessEurope position paper 12/12/2011
Press releases Date
Europe should counter cybersecurity threats now 10/07/2018
Industry has a role to play in Europe’s cybersecure future 08/06/2018
GDPR: Making improved data protection a reality 24/05/2018
Divided e-Privacy vote demonstrates lack of Parliament debate 19/10/2017
EU business should be free to move data 10/01/2017
Privacy Shield will enhance legal certainty 12/07/2016
New EU data protection rules increase administrative burden 14/04/2016
Of utmost importance: EU-US agreed on new basis for data flows 02/02/2016
New EU rules on data protection: a missed opportunity 16/12/2015
EU and USA must urgently provide revised “Safe Harbour” 06/10/2015
BusinessEurope reaction to data protection vote: Parliament misses opportunity to support digital economy 12/03/2014
BusinessEurope regrets EP failure to grasp an opportunity to reinforce the digital single market 22/10/2013
Speeches Date
Strengthening data protection standards in Europe: towards a harmonised European digital market - Ensuring innovation and growth in Europe's digital economy - Presentation by Guido Lobrano 01/07/2014

Contact

Patrick Grant

Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 237 65 46
Last updated: 15 September 2015