Non-personal data (Fr: données à caractère non personnel, Ro: date fără caracter personal, Sp: datos no personales, It: dati non personali, Gr: μη προσωπικά δεδομένα) refers to information that cannot be personal data (that can directly or indirectly identify a natural person, see: personal data) in accordance to Regulation (EU) 679/2016 (`General Data Protection Regulation`). For example, non-personal data can refer to machine-generated data or commercial data, aggregated datasets used for big data analytics and so on. Non-personal data can be used, without limiting the list to the following, by the government and public sector, industrial (researchers, manufacturers and supply chain) and specific service sectors such as the financial one.  


Useful links:


Regulation (EU) 1807/2018 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union (Text with EEA relevance) [English]

Practical use

European Commission, Free flow of non-personal data, [English]

European Commission, Factsheet: Free flow of non-personal data, [English]

European Commission, Report: Final results of the European Data Market study measuring the size and trends of the EU data economy, and additional related documents, [English]


By Andreea Serban