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Today (21 January), a coalition of leading Europe-based technology companies, research institutions and not-for-profit organizations announced the launch of Data Sovereignty Now (DSN), a campaign that will press European policy makers at all levels to ensure that control of data remains in the hands of the people and organizations that generate it. The issue becomes ever more urgent as policies around Europe’s digital economy and data architecture start to solidify.

"Data sovereignty is going to realign the 'data benefit balance' by creating alevel playing field in today's digital economy,” said Lars Nagel, CEO of the International Data Spaces Association and one of the initiators of Data Sovereignty Now. “This will stimulate new commercial growth, healthier competition and vibrant innovation. We believe that the European Commission should take a decisive step forwards by making data sovereignty the foundationfor every data initiative in Europe.”

The Data Sovereignty Now coalition includes NewGovernance, Freedom Lab,INNOPAY, International Data Spaces Association, iSHARE, Meeco, MyData Global, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, The Chain Never Stops, TNO and the University of Groningen. The group plans to target European policymakers, influencers and interestgroups to achieve its goal of ensuring that the people and organisations thatgenerate data can also maintain control over it.

A robust awareness andactivation campaign is planned, including webinars, round tables and otherevents, as well as a full range of educational materials, including a web site and blogs, research and thought leadership and discussions with media. The time is now. The European Commission is currently preparing newlegislation in the domain of data sharing. The Data Sovereignty Now partners firmly believe that the principle of data sovereignty — the right/ability of individuals and organizations to decisively control the data they generate — will play a key role in not only securing the rights of individuals over their data, but also providing significant stimulus for the digital economy.

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