Access to data by public bodies: a double-edge tool to use with caution and restraint
Brussels, 23 May 2023 – Together with other associations, the EBF has co-signed a statement addressing concerns on Chapter V of the Data Act which covers access to data by public bodies. The statement encourages EU policymakers to take the necessary time to build a clear and proportionate framework that does not allow unrestricted access to any data on vague grounds but will on the contrary protect fundamental rights and the rule of law. The statement recommends that:
- Only public emergencies can give rise to data access. Article 15(c) must be deleted.
- Personal data cannot be in scope. No exceptions.
- Categories of public bodies that can request data must be expressly designated.
- Access requests conditions must be strengthened, with transparency regarding data use and protective measures.
See the full statement and list of signatories:
About the EBF:
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from across Europe. The EBF is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.