Data Governance Act: Data protection meets competition, IP rights, and innovation


  • Eduardo Ustaran


  • Gaspar Pisanu
  • Simon Hania
  • Andrea Toth
  • Olivier Micol
  • Primavera De Filippi

Organisation: Uber

Room: Grand Hall Online

Timing: 16:00 - 17:15 on 29 January 2021

The European Commission recently published the Digital Governance Act. With this Act, the Commission looks to create mechanisms to ease the sharing of public data, a system of ‘data intermediaries’ - to encomurage trust in sharing personal and non-personal data - and a set of ‘data altruism organisations’ - to facilitate the ability of individuals and companies to make data available for the common good. In this panel, we will discuss how the EC policy ambitions meet and interact with data protection, competition, and intellectual property rights as well EU fundamental rights more broadly. We will discuss what operationalizing this Act could mean in practice for cities, platform companies, and individuals.

• What tools are already available to foster data sharing in a data protection compliant manner?-
• Would data sharing affect the intellectual property rights of businesses over their activities and techniques used to process personal data?
• Is centralization of data in data trusts the answer that we are looking for?
• What consequences might have the intended European data sovereignty (i.e. data must be stored in Europe) within the context of international commerce and free trade?


Eduardo Ustaran

Hogan Lovells (UK)

Eduardo is a partner in the global Privacy and Information Management practice of Hogan Lovells and an internationally recognised expert in privacy and data protection law. He is a dually qualified English Solicitor and Spanish Abogado based in London.
Eduardo is also the author of The Future of Privacy (DataGuidance, 2013), a ground breaking book where he anticipates the key elements that organisations and privacy professionals will need to tackle to comply with the regulatory framework of the future.
Eduardo advises some of the world's leading companies on the adoption of global privacy strategies and is closely involved in the development of the new EU data protection framework.


Gaspar Pisanu

Access Now (AR)

Simon Hania

Uber (NL)

Simon Hania is Data Protection Officer at Uber, heading the global team that independently advises on and monitors Ubers compliance with GDPR. In the past Simon held the position of VP Privacy & Security at TomTom and before that various positions in IT service management. Simon is a trained engineer who has learned to love the law.

Andrea Toth


Andrea Katalin Toth is a legal and policy officer at the Data Policy and Innovation Unit of DG CNECT within the European Commission. Her work focuses on the implementation of the EU's Data Strategy and on the horizontal legislative initiatives related to data. Sha obtained her J.D. degree from the Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary) and her LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Law from the University of Houston.

Olivier Micol


Olivier Micol is the head of the Data protection unit within the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission He joined the European Commission in 1996 where he followed in particular the bilateral trade relations between the EU and Asia for 12 years, first in the Directorate General for Trade, then in the EU Delegation in China. From 2009 to 2013, he was the deputy head of the Consumer strategy unit, and from 2013 to 2016 the head of the Financial services and redress unit in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers.

Primavera De Filippi

CNRS and Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (FR/US)