Data Governance Act Hier finden Sie diese Seite auf Deutsch. About the proposal On 25 November 2020, the European Commission announced its Proposal on European Data Governance, Data Governance Act (DGA) for short. The proposal follows the Commission’s Communication “A European Strategy for Data” from February 2020. The Commission has announced the DGA to be the first of a number of legislative proposals to govern access and use of data in the European Union. I am the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the opinion of the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), that has exclusive competences regarding matters of data protection. Subject Matter The DGA combines several instruments to “increase trust in data sharing, strengthen mechanisms to increase data availability and overcome technical obstacles to the reuse of data”, according to the Commission. First, it complements the Open Data Directive to open up data explicitly excluded from the scope of the Directive, that is non-personal data held by public sector bodies that is protected by third party rights, as well as personal data held by the public sector. Second, it establishes rules for data sharing service providers, with the purpose of enabling data sharing among businesses with and without remuneration, and encourages the creation of cooperatives that would strengthen individual data subjects’ and small non-personal data holders’ position. Finally, it encourages “data altruism” by individuals by creating a standardized consent form for data subjects to make their personal data available for purposes serving the general interest, and by establishing organisations to pool these data and make them attractive for data users. It also creates a structure of competent authorities to enforce its provisions, and an expert group to support its goals. In its impact assessment, the Commission estimates the economic value of the combined measures to amount to 3.87% to 3.95% growth of the GDP. My Point of View As has been pointed out by experts from academia, civil society, as well as notably in the joint statement of the European Data Protection Board …