The Guild sets recommendations for the Data Act proposal

The Guild voices its concerns on the Commission’s proposal for a Data Act, urging fair access to privately held data for research purposes.

Ahead of the Telecommunications counsellors' meeting on 1 March, The Guild highlights the importance of acknowledging and supporting the use of data for research purposes when developing the Data Act. For universities and other research-performing organisations to be able to access data for research purposes, they need to enter into data sharing agreements with companies. However, there are many obstacles to such data sharing, including unfair conditions imposed by companies, especially when their competitiveness relies on their control over strategic data.

The Guild urges the European Council and Parliament to ensure that the Data Act lays down obligations to make privately held data available for research purposes under fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory, and transparent terms.

The Guild calls on the Council and Parliament to recognise the crucial role of research in responding and preventing public emergencies, as well as assisting in the recovery from them. Therefore, The Guild calls to ensure that the provisions on business-to-government data sharing should apply to requests from research-performing organisations for research purposes. This implies that public universities and research-performing organisations must be able to directly request data holders for access to their data. It is crucial that public universities and research-performing organisations do not need to systematically rely on other public sector bodies as intermediate.

Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild, said: “The Data Act offers a huge opportunity for the EU to ensure data is opened up for research purposes, a measure that would strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy and ensure researchers can serve society appropriately and fully.”

28 February 2022

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Published Feb. 28, 2022 3:08 PM - Last modified Feb. 28, 2022 3:19 PM