Assistant lawyer Nikola Cīparsone compiled the material.    

Data protection

Data Act

Entered into force: 11 January 2024

The European Data Act increases the accessibility of data and establishes regulations governing the utilization and access of data for various purposes across all economic domains within the EU. It aims to promote fairness in the digital realm by specifying the entities authorized to derive value from data and the associated conditions. Additionally, the act is designed to foster a competitive and innovative data market by unleashing industrial data and offering legal clarity on data usage. The Data Act will become applicable starting from 12 September 2025.

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News – data protection

Digital Services Act – Commission requests information from 17 major online platforms and search engines regarding data access

Press release: 18 January 2024

Formal requests for information under the Digital Services Act have been issued by the European Commission to 17 Very Large Online Platforms and Search Engines designated on April 25, 2023. Among those, AliExpress, Amazon Store, AppStore, Bing,, Facebook, Google Search, Google Play, Google Maps, Google Shopping, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, and Zalando. The purpose is to obtain detailed information on the measures these platforms have taken to comply with the obligation to grant access, promptly and without undue delay, to publicly accessible data on their online platforms for eligible researchers.