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Data Governance Act became applicable on 24 September

The regulation is to establish structures and processes for data sharing and governance

The Data Governance Act (DGA) became officially applicable on 24 September 2023. The regulation aims to empower individuals and organisations with greater control over their data. 

The DGA's primary objective is to establish a harmonised framework for data sharing and governance across sectors and Member States. It addresses various aspects of data management, including access, sharing, and monetisation, while prioritising data privacy and security. 

Additionally, the DGA seeks to increase data flows, enhancing the reuse of public sector data that cannot be made available as open data. It will also allow novel data intermediaries to act as trustworthy actors in the data economy, following a simple process of voluntary registration as data altruism organisations. Boosting data circulation, these measures will support the development of common European data spaces, such as manufacturing, cultural heritage, agriculture and health. 

Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, stated: “To become a truly innovative continent, we need a fair data-driven economy. The Data Governance Act will help build confidence so that any data will be shared in line with European values. The Act is a milestone for creating a safe and trustworthy digital single market.” 

The Data Governance Act was proposed in November 2020 as part of the European strategy for data. To find out more, explore our data.europa academy course ‘Understanding data governance with open data’

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