By Dessislava Fessenko

A set of new EU-wide rules facilitating the cross-border free flow of non-personal data within the Union is expected to become effective at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

These rules are intended to remove within the next two years any restrictions introduced by EU Member States on storing or processing non-personal (i.e. aggregate and anonymised) data outside their territory. Such restrictions of geographic location of storing and processing would be legitimate only to the extent that they are justified on grounds of public security.