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Data Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules for a fair and innovative data economy

European Commission: “The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, on the European Data Act, proposed by the Commission in February 2022. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution fuels exponential growth with projected data volume set to skyrocket in the coming years. A significant amount of industrial data remains unused and brimming with unrealised possibilities. The Data Act aims to boost the EU’s data economy by unlocking industrial data, optimising its accessibility and use, and fostering a competitive and reliable European cloud market. It seeks to ensure that the benefits of the digital revolution are shared by everyone. Concretely, the Data Act includes:

  • Measures that enable users of connected devices to access the data generated by these devices and by services related to these devices.
  • Measures to provide protection from unfair contractual terms that are unilaterally imposed.
  • Mechanisms for public sector bodies to access and use data held by the private sector in cases of public emergencies such as floods and wildfires, or when implementing a legal mandate where the required data is not readily available through other means.
  • New rules that grant customers the freedom to switch between various cloud data-processing service providers.
  • Measures to promote the development of interoperability standards for data-sharing and data processing, in line with the EU Standardisation Strategy.”
  • Data Act
  • Data Act – Questions & Answers
  • Data Act – Factsheet
  • Factpage on the European Data strategy
  • Data Governance Act

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