Data collection activities are rapidly increasing in speed, scale, and variety. At the same time, the techniques used to combine, analyse, and share these datasets are becoming increasingly sophisticated. These innovations promise significant social benefits but also pose challenges and require societies to navigate important choices and dilemmas. Different countries across the world are developing their own data governance models, and Europe is uniquely equipped to pursue its ambitious digital goals from a value-based and human-centred perspective. Although different sectors may require specialised solutions, there is broad agreement that all trustworthy data governance should be based on a set of high-level European principles. Deeper insight into these principles will be essential to navigate and anticipate potential social and ethical tensions, establish transnational regulatory and ethical guidelines, and, ultimately, promote public trust and participation in the digital society.
Dr Mathijs Vleugel
Scientific Policy Officer