European Parliament Committee adopts Data Act

13/02/2023 | European Parliament

MEPs on the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee voted to adopt the draft EU Data Act on 9 February. Measures under the proposed law will allow users to access data they help generate, although MEPs provided stronger provisions to protect trade secrets. The adopted text also outlines public sector data use held by the private sector in exceptional circumstances or emergencies. The Act will also facilitate switching between cloud service providers, while protecting against unlawful international data transfers. Member of European Parliament Pilar del Castillo Vera said, "The Data Act will be an absolute game changer providing access to an almost infinite amount of high-quality industrial data. Competitiveness and innovation are part of its DNA." The next step is for the draft legislation to face a full House vote during the 13-16 March plenary session.

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