The Centre for IP & IT law of KU Leuven published a white paper on the Data Governance Act. It offers an academic perspective to the Commission proposal on three main points. First, the authors argued that the regulation of data as an object of rights may exacerbate risks with the GDPR. Second, they highlighted the lack of reference to European data spaces despite being central to the European Strategy for Data. Finally, they discuss the impact of the proposal in light of Europe’s digital sovereignty ambitions.