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The power of big data in Europe

New Europe - The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute, “but the amazing thing isn't just the amount of data: it's what we can do with it these days,” stated EU commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, during the conference “Smarter Data for Europe”, celebrated on 23 May in Brussels.

Kroes defined data as the fuel of Europe's economy and highlighted that if it's available online, it will be used to transform society, generate new opportunities and make services more transparent, efficient and personalised.  

Big data goes from instruments to sensors,  online transactions, email, videos, and other digital sources; and the first step to support it, according to the commissioner, is regulation. Back in January 2012, the European Commission presented its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as a Directive, in order to “make it way easier to use and re-use public data, with lower charges and without complicated conditions for re-use,” Kroes said.