EU Data Governance Act – why, how and where to?
Joint lunch seminar of the research group for Welfare, rights and discrimination (VERDI) and the Centre for European Law.
The EU plans to be a world leader in the smart use of data and has set ambitious goals in the EU Data Strategy (2019). At the core here is that data will be shared and used in a way that reflects European values, as opposed to the practices of BigTech.
As part of this strategy the EU Commission recently proposed a new regulation on European Data Governance (Data Governance Act). It 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 Act comes in addition to existing regulation such as the Open Data Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, but also tangents other regulation such as Intellectual Property Rights, trade secrets and competition.
In this presentation we will endeavour to detangle the Data Governance Act, by discussing what is and is not covered by the regulation – and how it must be understood considering existing regulations and policies on data sharing and reuse. The proposal raises many questions that we look forward to exploring with you.
Heather Broomfield and Mona Naomi Lintvedt are doctoral research fellows with projects on AI at the Department of Public Law and the Department of Private Law respectively. Both have a long career in the public sector working on digitalisation and data governance, in particular open data and data sharing policies.