Legal aspects

A better understanding of the law applicable to data sharing is necessary to help public authorities and companies, in particular small and medium enterprises, when drafting data sharing agreements. The European Commission in certain cases provides such guidance in order to facilitate the proper application of EU legislation. While guidance exists on the processing of personal data – e.g. the General Data Protection Regulation – there is as yet no similarly comprehensive guidance on how other EU legislation influences the drafting of contractual agreements for data sharing.

In this section of SCDS we collect contributions to this space. Our work includes the identification of cross-cutting challenges and potential resolution strategies, including any identified best practices or interpretative guidance.

Our research will be distilled later in 2020 into model contract terms and a proposed European licence for data sharing, that have the potential to create more balanced terms for small administrations and businesses and reduce transaction costs associated with data sharing, while safeguarding the principle of contractual freedom. These will be drawn up on the basis of identified best practice, under the guidance of the European Commission and in partnership with public and private sector actors.

Also, we want to hear from you. Please share your feedback and needs, or ask for our support by using our dedicated support form or discussing these topics together with other practitioners in the user forum.

The SCDS API Licensing Assistant

The Licensing Assistant guides you through a series of important questions, helping you to assemble a tailored license for API-based data sharing.

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