Council adopts new EU data sharing legislation

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The Data Governance Act (DGA) approved by the Council on 16 May 2022 sets the basis for a new European way of data governance in accordance with EU rules. It seeks to build trust in data sharing and increase the exchange of data across the EU, its member states, and sectors while ensuring that such exchanges are in line with data protection legislation.

Additionally, the new rules will contribute to the EU’s digital transformation by 

  • helping businesses and start-ups access big data so that they can use them to develop new products and services
  • improving the use of data collected in some public sector areas 
  • helping data intermediation service providers be recognised as trustworthy data organisers  
  • supporting companies, individuals and public organisations in sharing data for the common good (data altruism)

The Act has to be signed by the President of the European Parliament and the President of the Council. Then it will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enter into force 20 days after publication.

Read the press release

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