On 23 February 2022 the EU Commission published its long-awaited Data Act, the last major building block of the Commission’s February 2020 Data Strategy. The Data Act:

  • Is an ambitious piece of legislation with implications for consumers and businesses across the economy, not limited to the technology sector.
  • Aims to facilitate access to data by consumers and businesses; provide for government use of data in cases of “exceptional data need”; facilitate switching between cloud and edge services; prevent unlawful data transfer by cloud service providers; promote interoperability across European data spaces; and set standards for “smart contracts” between “data holders” and data recipients.

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