The Data Act proposal has generated substantial policy debate over the past months. With co-regulators reaching the final compromise text and being close to starting the trilogues, industrial stakeholders are calling for more time to carefully consider the consequences of the legislation. A fundamental piece of the EU data strategy that covers business to business (B2B), business to consumer (B2C), and business to government (B2G) data sharing, as well as cloud switching, the Data Act aims to foster access to and use of data by unlocking data from connected products in a market where, according to the Commission, about eighty percent of the industrial data collected is never used.
The text proposes a horizontal regulation, affecting all players. It has, however, been criticised for being overly complex and creating legal uncertainty. The three reports in CERRE’s Improving the Data Act project examine the B2B/B2C, cloud switching, and B2G provisions from an economic perspective and make recommendations for the balancing of interests and the creation of a legal framework that can effectively reach the regulatory goal.
The project will conclude with a hybrid, public event that will present the three reports and discuss the latest developments in the file. Will the Data Act succeed in unlocking the value of data? Does it strike the right balance between preserving innovation incentives and incentivising data sharing? Are the provisions overly complex for a horizontal regulation? Do they overburden smaller firms? Should the B2G obligations apply only to ad hoc data transfers? How will compensation be determined?
To get answers to these questions, join us on March 28, from 14.00 to 17.00 CET, in Brussels or online, for a stimulating discussion with the representatives from the European institutions, national regulators, industry players, and the CERRE academic team.
This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Viewers will have the chance to submit questions for the panellists during the event.
If you cannot join us live, then the event will be available to replay on the CERRE YouTube channel afterwards.
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Presentation by Jan Kraemer, CERRE Academic Co-Director, University of Passau
Presentation by Heiko Richter, Max Plank Institute Senior Research Fellow
Presentation by Daniel Schnurr, CERRE Research Fellow
Jan Krämer is an Academic Co-Director at CERRE and a Professor at the University of Passau, Germany, where he holds the chair of Internet & Telecommunications Business.
Previously, he headed a research group on telecommunications markets at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he also obtained a diploma degree in Business and Economics Engineering with a focus on computer science, telematics and operations research, and a Ph.D. in Economics, both with distinction.
He is editor and author of several interdisciplinary books on the regulation of telecommunications markets and has published numerous articles in the premier scholarly journals in Information Systems, Economics, Management and Marketing research on issues such as net neutrality, data and platform economy, and the design of electronic markets.
Professor Krämer has served as academic consultant for leading firms in the telecommunications and Internet industry, as well as for governmental institutions, such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the European Commission.
His current research focuses on the role of data for competition and innovation in online markets and the regulation of online platforms.
Daniel Schnurr is a CERRE Research Fellow and Professor of Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification at the University of Regensburg. He is also head of the research group Data Policies.
He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he previously studied Information Engineering and Management (B.Sc. & M.Sc.). Daniel Schnurr has published in leading journals in Information Systems and Economics on competition and data sharing in digital markets, regulation of data-driven market power and competition and cooperation in telecommunications markets.
His current research focuses on the role of artificial intelligence in competition, privacy and data sharing in digital markets as well as regulation of AI and the data economy.
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