IDSA position paper explores Data Governance Act and data intermediaries

Oct 19, 2023 | News

The International Data Spaces Association has released a new position paper titled “Reflections on the DGA and Data Intermediaries,” shedding light on the impact of the Data Governance Act (DGA) on the evolving landscape of data intermediaries and data spaces within the European Union.

The DGA, which came into force in June 2022, has a pivotal role in defining a new category of neutral data intermediaries that comply with specific regulations and gain recognition within the EU. The legislation underscores the growing importance of data intermediaries in facilitating data access and sharing.

However, to effectively implement the DGA and realize its full potential as envisioned by the Commission, further investigation and guidance are essential. In this context, IDSA’s position paper is designed to contribute to the discussion regarding the DGA’s concept of “data intermediation services” and the role of data intermediaries within data spaces.

The IDSA position paper highlights several key reflections and challenges posed by the DGA:

  • The DGA’s definition of “data intermediation services” is broad and open to interpretation, requiring further investigation and regulatory guidance.
  • It’s crucial to establish a shared understanding of data intermediaries and harmonize various concepts and business models with the DGA for effective regulation.
  • Distinguishing between “self-regulated data intermediation providers” and “EU-recognized intermediaries” is strategically significant for data space organizations, potentially granting them access to the EU data market.

The position paper provides insights into the complexities and potential of the DGA, highlighting the need for further investigation and cooperative efforts to unlock its full potential in the ever-evolving world of data intermediaries and data spaces.

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