The European Commission has published the proposal for a Regulation on data governance (Data Governance Act), which is part of the 2020 European strategy for data.

The aim of the Regulation is to promote the creation of a mechanism for the re-use certain categories of data, in particular, to make available public sector data, where they're subject to rights of others; to foster sharing of among businesses; and to ease the use of personal data through the intervention of a ‘personal data-sharing intermediary’, which should help individuals to enforce their data protection rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and, lastly, to foster the use of data on altruistic grounds.

The rationale behind the Data Governance Act is to build a common European data space. Considering the material significance and potential of data in terms of economic growth, competitiveness and innovation, the Commission looks at data as a raw material which should be made easily available throughout Europe, for the benefits of member States as well as citizens, heading towards the creation of a truly single European market for data.