The European Commission presented a draft Data Act on 23 February 2022. The Data Act aims to create rules for fair access to data on connected devices and to enable fair use of this data by consumers and third parties. The draft covers both company and personal data. Consumers stand to benefit from sharing device data with other companies, which will allow them to use these companies’ services, such as for value-added services including repair and maintenance.
This raises the question of whether consumer interests are sufficiently reflected in the Commission’s draft. How can we make sure that the Data Act is a good deal for consumers? Are specific contractual terms needed to govern the relationship between companies for investors and consumers? How can we ensure that data is not reduced to a mere commodity and that the existing level of data protection is not weakened? How can the data protection rights of other data subjects be safeguarded?
The Czech Council Presidency aims to make the Data Act one of its priorities. This means that the Data Act will be in a critical phase in the autumn, both in the Council and in the European Parliament. Federal Consumer Protection Minister Steffi Lemke will welcome participants with a keynote speech. Presentations will be given by the team of Professor Josef Drexl, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and Anna Buchta, Head of the Policy and Consultation Unit at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). State Secretary Christiane Rohleder will take part in the panel discussion that follows with representatives from the private sector and civil society.
The event will be broadcast live online.