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SCOPE EUROPE is an association supporting the co-regulation of the information economy. It acts as a think tank to discuss and debate key issues in digital policy and provides an umbrella organisation for a range of co-regulatory measures in the digital industry. SCOPE Europe was founded in February 2017 as a subsidiary of the German non-profit-organization SRIW e.V. (Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft - Self-Regulation Information Economy).  

We are calling for suitable regulatory methods to foster innovation and the digital transformation and, at the same time, promote corporate social responsibility, in particular with regard to the appropriate measures for data and consumer protection. The instruments here cover a spectrum from enhancing the transparency of services and data processing and strengthening best practices in digital security to binding voluntary commitments from industry underpinned by sanctions.

In a largely heterogeneous and dynamic business sector, self- and co-regulation within a suitable regulatory framework provides an effective instrument capable of maintaining user and customer trust in the protection of personal rights over the long term. It aims to serve the proper application of data protection provisions by elucidating and specifying them or facilitating their realisation and implementation. Self- and co-regulation support the attainment of social and economy policy goals. Here, it is crucial to have a clear and unequivocal definition to develop the requisite statutory framework.

Co-regulation needs to be linked to statutory targets, defining them and facilitating their application and implementation. The digital transformation is fast becoming reality. Legislation intended to regulate new technologies, products and business models is often soon outdated. Forging ties between statutory policy decisions and targets with co-regulation instruments allows faster and more flexible responses to present challenges.

One of our current projects is the management and administration of the Cloud Code of Conduct. The intention of the Code of Conduct (Code) is to make it easier and more transparent for cloud customers to analyze whether cloud services are appropriate for their use case. The transparency created by the Code will contribute to an environment of trust and will create a high default level of data protection in the European cloud computing market.