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What is data intermediation and data altruism?

Data intermediation services and data altruism organisations are new actors in the data economy. As of the start of 2024, Traficom will start receiving notification and registrations from these actors and monitoring their compliance with the requirements of the European Data Governance Act.

The European Data Governance Act establishes the rules for new actors in the data economy

The European Data Governance Act (DGA) entered into effect in September 2023. The DGA establishes rules for data intermediation services and recognised data altruism organisations. As of the start of 2024, Traficom will serve as the competent authority for the DGA in Finland.

The purpose of the DGA is to increase data availability and harmonise data sharing within the EU. The aim is to develop the digital internal market and a human-centred, reliable and safe data economy.

What are data intermediation services?

The purpose of data intermediation services is to function as neutral third parties that connect data owners willing to share data with data users. Data intermediation services enable the transmission of data between different actors and applications based on agreements. Companies providing data intermediation services are required to submit notifications of their activities to Traficom.

What is data altruism?

Data altruism means that persons or organisations disclose and share data for objectives of general interest. Such objectives can include the facilitation of health care, decision-making, the collection of statistics and scientific research, for example. Entities that make available this kind of data of general interest can register as recognised data altruism organisations with Traficom.