Members' Research Service By / October 12, 2022

The Data act [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

On 23 February 2022, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a regulation – the data act – seeking to harmonise rules on fair access to and use of data in the EU.

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Written by Tambiama Mandiega (1st edition).

On 23 February 2022, the European Commission unveiled a proposal for an EU regulation – the data act – laying down harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data. The aim is to remove barriers before consumers and businesses’ access to data in a context in which the volume of data generated by humans and machines is increasing exponentially and becoming a critical factor for innovation by businesses (e.g. algorithm training) and by public authorities (e.g. shaping of smart cities). The proposed act establishes common rules governing the sharing of data generated by the use of connected products or related services (e.g. the internet of things, industrial machines) to ensure fairness in data sharing contracts and to allow public sector bodies to use data held by enterprises where there is an exceptional need (e.g. public emergency). Furthermore, the proposed act introduces new rules to facilitate switching between providers of cloud services and other data processing services, and puts in place safeguards against unlawful international data transfer by cloud service providers. The Council and Parliament are working on defining their respective positions.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data (Data Act)
Committee responsible:Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)COM(2022)0068
Rapporteur:Pilar del Castillo Vera (EPP, Spain)2022/0047(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland)
Alin Mituța (Renew, Romania)
Damian Boeselager (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Elena Lizzi (ID, Italy)
Margarita De La Pisa Carrion (ECR, Spain)
Elena Kountoura (The Left, Greece)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Vote in committee on draft report
EU Legislation in progress timeline

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