On November 25, the European Commission published its proposal for the Data Governance Act (DGA). The bill, still to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, proposes rules to accommodate data sharing, aiming to “foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data sharing mechanisms across the EU.”
Earlier this year, CERRE released a Tech report, “Making data portability more effective for the digital economy“, providing recommendations on how to make personal data portability more effective.
The article by CERRE Academic Co-Director, Jan Krämer, recommends that observed user behaviour data falls under the scope of data portability. The author urges the EU to go above and beyond the regulations set out under GDPR, concluding that a right to port personal data continuously and in real-time would be necessary to truly empower consumers in the context of the digital platform economy.
The DGA sets out rules and frameworks to cover public sector data, data lakes, data brokers, and data intermediaries, which will help address the barriers to data portability identified in the CERRE report.