Data as a key digital Asset

Data Governance Act (DGA)

Latest Developments

Third Quarter 2023 – After final adoption by the European Parliament and Council, the Data Governance Act was published in the EU Official Journal on 3 June 2022 and entered into force on 23 June 2022. The Regulation became applicable as of 24 September 2023.


The Data Governance Act, which was the first legislation tabled as part of the EU’s data strategy, aims to foster: the exchange of data in the European Union and with third countries through neutral data intermediaries; free up repositories of public data; and enable citizens to donate their data for the public good e.g., for medical research, through acts of “data altruism”.

Main elements of the DGA include:

  • A mechanism to facilitate the reuse of public sector data;
  • Secure processing environments in which the shared data can be used;
  • Introduction of a standard consent form for data altruism schemes; and
  • Powers for competent authorities to monitor and supervise compliance of data service providers and data altruism organisations

How could it be relevant for you?

The DGA is relevant to any entity that has large data sets whether personal or non-personal, any entity that wants to reuse public sector data and sectors that could benefit from acts of "data altruism" e.g. medical research projects.

Next steps

Relevant stakeholders should comply with the Regulation which became applicable from 24 September 2023.

*Information is accurate up to 27 November 2023

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