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Estonian PM Jüri Ratas

Estonian head of government Jüri Ratas has sent a letter to EU leadership related to the upcoming 60th anniversary of the bloc’s fundamental Rome Treaty, suggesting for the EU to introduce free movement of information.

«This must be one of our main objectives. Striving toward a seamless physical and digital connectivity is in the interest of the whole EU as economic success cannot be separated from the free movement of goods, services, people, capital and knowledge,» Ratas evaluated in a letter to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU’s European Council Donald Tusk, as well as to his Italian and Maltese counterparts.

ERR reports, that from the point of view of Ratas, one of the main challenges of the coming years would be the rapid development of technology and the EU should take a leading role in managing major technological transformations.

«What better way to celebrate 60 years since Rome than by adding another freedom to our catalogue that would enable a true information society — the free movement of data,» the Estonian PM recommended to EU leaders.

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  1. Bob says:

    Whatever. Protecting personal information is the objective, not trading it freely for sure.

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  2. Gunnar says:

    Estonia is already experimenting with “free movement of data” by transfering citizens’ data to foreign countries like Finland and Latvia. First, it was to big brother citizens living in each other’s countries for correct address info and tax policing. Now, the government has taken the ill-advised step of uniting the Estonian-developed e-services bakbone X-road (X-tee) with that established in Finland. As the start shot of the programme Finnish authorities will be alowed to fish around and make searches of critical infrastructure databases such as the national Population Registry and vice versa.

    The governments of both countries weren’t interested in what the citizens (in Estonia many are very aprehensive about this kind of “data movement”) thought of the experiment. Data privacy aspects have been kept hush-hush from citizens and organizations and even most of the agreements are not in the public realm, even when asked for from the government. This would be a good time for Privacy International to update their reports on Estonia and Finland …

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  3. Linda says:

    I can’t fathom out why all the data per person should be on the id card – what happens when the card is lost, stolen etc.

    This move don’t agree with, data protection is paramount. Bad move Hr Ratas.

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