The European Commission is proposing new rules on data governance, it announced on Wednesday.
The goal of the act is to increase trust in data sharing, make it easier to reuse public sector data, give people more control over their data and create neutral data mediators, the Commission said in a tweet announcing the new act.
Today we present the new European data governance act to:
🌐 increase trust in data sharing
♻️ making it easier to reuse public sector data
🔓 Give people more control over their data
☁ Create neutral data mediators
The new regulation “proposes a model based on the neutrality and transparency of data intermediaries, which are organisers of data sharing or pooling, to increase trust,” the Commission explained in a press release.
“To ensure this neutrality, the data-sharing intermediary cannot deal in the data on its own account (e.g. by selling it to another company or using it to develop their own product based on this data) and will have to comply with strict requirements,” it underlined.
“You don’t have to share all data. But if you do and data is sensitive you should be able to do in a manner where data can be trusted and protected. We want to give business and citizens the tools to stay in control of data.” said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age.
The Commission also wants “to build trust that data is handled in line with European values and fundamental rights,” Vestager added.