Data Act: Few specific changes could considerably boost legal certainty

Automotive technology is rapidly advancing, with vehicles generating and collecting increasing quantities of data to operate and monitor systems. This can provide significant benefits to drivers, passengers, and other road users. This data is also valuable to an expanding market that can use it to offer new services to consumers or improve upon existing repair and maintenance services. Innovation in this area, however, requires that car data be shared amongst the different economic actors. Fair and undistorted competition is a prerequisite to leverage Europe’s full innovation power in mobility services.  

To incentivise a balance between rights for access to data and incentives to invest in data, and as part of the EU’s wider European Strategy for Data, the Commission proposed on 23 February a Regulation on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data (Data Act). In addition, the Commission is working on a sector-specific legislation on access to in-vehicle data, which will be essential to complement the Data Act and address the specificities of connected vehicles and automotive products.  

CLEPA has analysed the proposed Data Act and strongly supports its overall objectives and approach. However, a few specific changes would ensure a better balance, improve effectiveness, and provide greater legal certainty. Read CLEPA’s  feedback to the proposal. 


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