Data sharing refers to transactions in which personal or non-personal data from the public or private sector is made available for other organisations (public or private) for use and re-use. Data sharing in the EU has a lot of untapped value potential both for individuals and for the economy at large. New rules and institutions that can enable data sharing in a trusted manner and give citizens more control over when and how they share their private data need to be built at the European level. The question is how? One important step would be to make sure that data sets can be shared and pooled. This Policy Brief by Paul-Jasper Dittrich explains why this would be a good idea and how the EU could improve data sharing practices through concrete regulatory steps.
Paul-Jasper Dittrich is advisor at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, he formally worked for the Jacques Delors Centre.