Data Sovereignty Now’s contribution to the EU Data Act

In this document, as the member organisations of the Data Sovereignty Now (DSN) campaign, we outline our input for the Data Act. We welcome the Data Act and applaud the fact that it marks the first time that data sovereignty is being included in EU regulation, giving people and organisations control over the data they…

Data Governance Act: Significant step closer to soft infrastructure for data sharing

Two weeks ago, the European Parliament approved new rules governing the exchange of data. These new rules, known as the Data Governance Act (DGA), take us a significant step closer to the development of a ‘soft infrastructure’ for data sharing.  The DGA is a direct result of the European Data Strategy of 2020. The new…

Digital Markets Acts: a promising step towards a more sustainable digital world

Digital Markets Act

On Thursday 24 March 2022, European Parliament and European Council negotiators agreed on how the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) will look. The DMA will focus on limiting the market power of big online platforms and giving consumers more control over their data. Interoperability of messaging apps One of the important innovations of the DMA…

The data act – the proposed data sovereignty law – marks a new phase for the data economy

data sovereignty

We believe that the recently proposed Data Act marks a new phase for the data economy. The Data Act increases access to data for users of connected devices irrespective of whether it is personal data as defined in the GDPR or not. The proposed law would be the first one to fully embrace the principle…

Data Sovereignty Now coalition supports EU leaders’ call to do more and move faster based on a concrete roadmap

Earlier this week, four EU leaders issued a strong call to the European Commission to make Europe ‘digitally sovereign’ as soon as possible. The Data Sovereignty Now (DSN) coalition agrees with these EU leaders that the European Commission needs to do more and move faster to achieve digital sovereignty. The letter, which was signed by the German…

WhatsApp illustrates the urgent need for data sovereignty

The recent Terms of Service update by WhatsApp has revealed the true colours of the Facebook-owned messenger service. In effect, it gives the service’s approximately 400 million users in India an ultimatum – they must either agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts. In other words: accept the spyware or you’re out.…

European adoption track will re-enforce accomplishment of data goals in the Dutch logistics sector

iSHARE has formed a new partnership with FIWARE and FundingBox to form the i4Trust initiative. Together, these three organisations will provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across various sectors and locations in Europe with the tools, coaching, mentoring and financial support needed for the creation of so-called data spaces.  This will facilitate effective, trust-based data…

Are we sharing enough data?

The world is rapidly digitalizing, and the deployment of data offers many opportunities for economic development, achieving sustainability and a better quality of life. There are, however, considerable concerns about the misuse of (personal) data and undesirable outcomes of unbridled use of data. These concerns are legitimate, but we’re also running the risk of becoming…

EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act – ‘traffic lights’ are a positive step, but what about the soft infrastructure?

This month, the European Commission (EC) took yet another step in shaping Europe’s digital future. It has announced plans to upgrade the rules governing digital services with two legislative initiatives: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This detailed regulation will serve as a kind of “traffic light” system for the…

Why We Need a Data Exchange Board to Improve the EU Data Governance Act

In this blog, aNewGovernance, iSHARE, INNOPAY, International Data Spaces Association, Meeco, MyData Global, SITRA and The Chain Never Stops -  eight organisations of the Data Sovereignty Now movement – explain why the recently published proposal for the EU Data Governance Act is a very good step forward. They also outline their suggestions for further elaboration in order to accelerate the development of a governance framework that will…