We submit our feedback to the European Commission’s roadmap consultation on the Data Act & amended rules on the legal protection of databases. In our feedback, we discuss the proposal from a perspective that acknowledges public interest data use, and the fundamental role played by Open Data and Open Access Commons data sharing in the overall data ecosystems. It is important to complement the market-based approach to data sharing with a perspective that acknowledges a societal perspective of data governance, rooted in public interest data use and individual end-users rights.

To improve the measure, business-to-government data sharing should be limited to public interest uses, the Sui Generis Database right introduced by the 1996 Database Directive should be repealed and to improve B2B data sharing strong interoperability measures should be considered.