Data Committee was founded in response of the need to follow, evaluate and recommend developments in the expanding field of intangibles that now include data. Since the digitalization has started the role and value of data seems to be constantly rising. Professionals in the field of intangible assets, together with the legislative and competent public bodies are faced with the dilemmas about the true nature and the best regimes to regulate emerging forms of intangible assets that we now call data. The emergence of data has raised questions of its true nature which appears to be different from the intangibles created by human creativity. It is not clear which legal regime is best suited to regulate data, and many observe that proprietary regime does not seem to be well suited to this type of intangibles, unlike intellectual property. Intellectual property experts can make valuable contributions in this field drawing on their experience with intangible assets and work closely together with the data professionals in setting clear and concise practical data solutions for the industries and recommendations for legislators.
The main task of the Data Committee is to analyze the developments in the field of data, including both theoretical and practical, to closely follow the legislative developments in the European Union and third countries, draw conclusions from them and render ECTA’s views. In order to reach the desired result, the DC examines internally the positions taken by the EU Commission, observes the respective reactions of the relevant third countries, formulates comments for submission and participates in the meetings between ECTA and EU Commission, when so requested by the Management.