EU proposal: better functioning data economy for consumers and businesses | news

News feature | 23-02-2022 | 13:56

The use of digital data is indispensable in the economy and society. Cross-border regulation, which ensures a better distribution of the great value of data, is therefore crucial for businesses and consumers. This ensures that you can, for example, retain control of your own data or use various online services side by side. The cabinet therefore sees it EU data lawa proposal published today by the European Commission as an important step in making the data economy as a whole work better.

Minister Micky Adriaansen (Economy and Climate): “Adequate competition between companies, more room for innovation and being able to keep track of your data as a consumer or company. For the government, it is the areas that need to be improved for a well-functioning and fair data economy, and this is not possible without new standards.

The Minister continues: “We can take steps to do this via the Data Act. For example, when it comes to removing barriers when switching from one digital service to another. Or the right to use your data as a consumer or company. The Netherlands has explicitly argued for this in Brussels. The government will now carefully study this important EU proposal to ensure that these new rules will actually be effective in the future. “

Data creates a lot of social and economic value. The computer economy contributes to research and innovation, provides opportunities to increase the efficiency of business processes, provides better insight into societal conditions and also improves the competitiveness of industries.

Insight and self-determination of own digital data

Presented today Datoloven must ensure greater control by companies and consumers over the data they generate through the use of a product or service through EU-wide rules. For example, they must also be able to use this data themselves or give it to a third party. Think, for example, of car data that a consumer provides to an independent mechanic for repair or inspection. Or a farm that itself uses data from a smart tractor or connects it to other devices and services. By focusing on this, the open data economy will be improved.

Liabilities to digital service providers

The Data Act also imposes digital providers of so-called obligations cloud services such as business software or data storage. The use of these services is rapidly increasing. Providers must ensure that data and applications in their services are interchangeable and that services can also communicate with each other. By introducing common standards for this purpose, users can more easily switch and use different services side by side. Consumers are still experiencing barriers in this regard. This also ensures that other providers do not have sufficient access to the market and that innovation is hindered.

The legislation must also ensure that any use of private data in the public sector is organized in such a way that the interests, obligations and rights of all those involved are respected. Access to private data may be in the public interest in specific cases, such as data that Statistics Netherlands uses for its statistics. The legal basis for access to private data must be adequately defined, efficient and proportionate. The Data Act can further contribute to this.

European negotiations

The responsible ministers, including Micky Adriaansen (EZK) on behalf of the Netherlands, will discuss Datoloven in the EU telecom area. By agreement in this Council and in the European Parliament, the Data Protection Act will become law.

With the improvement of the computer economy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has for two years worked with both the business community and involved organizations within e.g. Data Sharing Coalition and the Dutch AI coalition† In addition to legislation, there is also a broader focus on, for example, encouraging data sharing in practice.

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