Mandatory registration of data intermediation service (DGA)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you have a data intermediation service? You must register with the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) before you can offer your services. Your services must also be neutral. This is required by the Data Governance Act (DGA).

Data intermediation services that were active before 23 June 2022 must meet the requirements of the DGA no later than 24 September 2025. For data intermediation services that have become active after 23 June 20233 these rules apply since 24 September 20232.

What is a data intermediary service?

A data intermediation service offers services to connect data holders and data users, for the purpose of sharing data. This applies not only to services that offer the technology to share data, matchmaking services, such as a data marketplace, are also covered by the DGA.

Registering data mediation services

Do you have a data intermediation service? And are your headquarters established in the Netherlands, or do you have a legal representative in the Netherlands? Then you must register with ACM (in Dutch). Upon registration, you are allowed to offer your data intermediation services throughout the Eurepan Union.

You cannot register at the moment. The Act that regulates this has not yet been passed. You can send your contact details to ACM (pre-notification). They will let you know as soon as you can register.

Neutral data intermediation service

Your data intermediation service must be neutral:

  • You cannot use the data you receive for any other purpose than to share the data with the data user at the request of the data holder.
  • You cannot offer other data related services.
  • You must help natural persons exercise their privacy rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

About the DGA

The Data Governance Act (DGA) is a European regulation that states rules on data sharing for governments, businesses, and organisations. The DGA aims to ensure greater trust in data sharing.

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