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 argue that the regulation of data as an object of rights may contribute to the exacerbation of risks with the GDPR. Second, they highlight the lack of reference with the concept of European data spaces despite being central in the European Strategy for Data. Finally, they discuss the impact of the proposal in light of Europe’s digital sovereignty ambitions.