March 18, 2017 / 12:30 PM / 6 months ago

Germany's Merkel calls for standardised European rules on using data

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the demographic summit in Berlin, Germany, March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for Europe to set about standardising rules on using data in Europe, ahead of a visit to the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover where digitalisation is expected to be in focus.

“We want to create a digital single European market. That means we need to have legal situations that are as similar as possible in all European countries,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.

A key issue is determining who owns the data and the related copyright issues, Merkel said, adding: “We’re still discussing that.”

She said that in the automobile sector, for example, it was important to clarify whether data belonged to carmakers or software manufacturers because it was possible to develop new products with the data about clients.

“We need to very quickly and uniformly implement legislation in Europe regarding copyright laws and the ownership of data,” she said.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Stephen Powell

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