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22 July, 2024

Big news! New EU data rules give you more control

Your devices, your data and how the EU data act changes the game for everyone

In a significant development, the European Union's Data Act officially came into force today, ushering in a new era for data access and privacy in the EU market. Aimed at addressing the surge in data generated by the Internet of Things, these rules prioritize transparency, user control, and adherence to European regulations.

The Data Act, a key component of the Commission's broader data strategy, holds the promise of various improvements for both individuals and businesses across the EU.

One notable change is the anticipated reduction in prices for aftermarket services and repairs of smart devices. Previously, only manufacturers had access to device data, hindering third-party repair services. With the new rules, individuals can now opt for more cost-effective repair services, breaking away from exclusive manufacturer access.

Moreover, the Data Act opens doors to novel opportunities for services relying on cross-manufacturer data access. Users with machines from different manufacturers can receive tailored advice from companies collecting data from various devices. This flexibility extends to home use, enabling connections between devices like thermostats and garden sheds.

Enhanced access to device-generated data is a key aspect of the Data Act. It ensures that both manufacturers and end-users can tap into all collected data, fostering collaboration for product improvement. For instance, a bar owner seeking better coffee can now access crucial data, such as water temperature, previously accessible only to the manufacturer.

Beyond individual benefits, the Data Act empowers the public sector to leverage private-sector data during emergencies like floods and wildfires. Additionally, it safeguards European businesses from unfair contractual terms in data-sharing agreements, facilitating increased participation of small businesses in the data market.

The Data Act is set to take full effect in the EU on September 11, 2025, marking a critical milestone in the EU's digital journey. The initiative was proposed by the Commission on February 23, 2022, with a political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on June 28, 2023. It complements the Data Governance Act, which became applicable in September 2023, establishing processes to facilitate data sharing while prioritizing user control.

This week's enactment of the EU Data Act underscores the EU's commitment to shaping the digital space, prioritizing user control and privacy in the evolving landscape of data access and sharing.

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