Proposal for a Regulation on European data governance (Data Governance Act)

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Series Details COM (2020) 767
Publication Date 25/11/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 25 November 2020, aimed at facilitating data sharing across the European Union (EU) and between sectors.

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The proposed instrument aims to foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU. The aims to address the following situations:

  • Making public sector data available for re-use, in situations where such data is subject to rights of others;
  • Sharing of data among businesses, against remuneration in any form;
  • Allowing personal data to be used with the help of a personal data-sharing intermediary, designed to help individuals exercise their rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • Allowing data use on altruistic grounds.

This is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data. It intends to offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms. The approach proposes a model based on the neutrality and transparency of data intermediaries.

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Wikipedia: Data Governance Act
EDRi: Resources, 25/11/2020: EU alphabet soup of digital acts: DSA, DMA and DGA
Bruegel: Opinion, 26/11/2020: A timid start for European Union data governance
DLA Piper: Blog, 27/11/2020: European Commission proposes new data governance measures for EU data sharing
HuntonAndrews Kurth: Privacy Blog, 02/12/2020: European Commission Publishes Draft Data Governance Act
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Pinsent Masons: Out-Law Analysis, 16/12/2020: The EU's Data Governance Act just part of data sharing puzzle
Federation of German Industries: News, 18/12/2020: Data Governance Act: first step by the EU Commission to strengthen European data ecosystems
Spanish Government: Aporta Initiative: Blog, 22/12/2020: Is the European proposal on data governance a step forward?
Orgalim: Position Papers, 29/01/2021: Digital Transformation: Orgalim comments on the Data Governance Act
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ITIF: Publications, 08/02/2021: Feedback on the Data Governance Act
EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: Data Governance Act - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
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EuroCloud: News, 06/04/2021: Does the draft Data Governance Act signal a more economic approach to personal data in the EU?
DR2 Consultants: Blog, 12/04/2021: Data Governance Act: main elements and business implications
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BusinessEurope: Publications, 19/04/2021: The Data Governance Act (DGA) - a BusinessEurope position paper
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Oxford University: Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies: Blog, 05/05/2021: The proposed Data Governance Act— a New Age of Data Altruism?
Euronews: Global Conversation, 07/05/2021: Margrethe Vestager explains the EU's position in the global battle for data
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Future of Privacy Forum: Blog, 14/06/2021: ITPI Event Recap - The EU Data Strategy and the draft Data Governance Act
EPRS: Briefing, June 2021: Data Governance Act
KU Leuven: CITIP Blog, 24/06/2021: The Data Governance Act : new rules for international transfers of non-personal data held by the public sector

EurActiv: Topics: Data Governance Act
EUObserver, 26/11/2020: EU unveils new data rules, including 'data-altruism' clause

EUR-LEX: SWD(2020)295: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report
EUR-LEX: SWD(2020)296: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on European data governance (Data Governance Act) (2020/0340(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance
European Commission: Public Consultations: Data sharing in the EU – common European data spaces (new rules)
European Commission: Press Release, 25/11/2020: Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces
European Commission: Regulation on data governance – Questions and Answers (25 November 2020)
European Commission: Speech by Executive Vice-President Vestager at the Press Conference on the Data Governance Act and the Action Plan on Intellectual Property (25 November 2020)
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/07/2021: Data governance: new rules to boost data sharing across the EU
S&D Group: Newsroom, 16/07/2021: S&Ds on Data Governance Act: “Monopolistic practices detrimental to citizens must be avoided”

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