Imposing data sharing among private actors: a tale of evolving balances

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Legal Studies


In light of data’s characteristics, a growing call for imposing business-to-business (B2B) data sharing is being made. This can be justified by three types of rationale, namely economic, societal, and “empowerment” considerations. While compulsory data sharing may lead to numerous benefits, it can also entail several costs. In this regard, we aim at answering the following research question: “What are the balancing exercises underlying compulsory B2B data sharing?”. More precisely, we highlight the need to balance the benefits stemming from compulsory B2B data sharing initiatives with the economic interests of the data holder; personal data protection considerations; and the long-term and collective costs that (some of) these initiatives could entail in terms of individual autonomy.
Date of Award7 Sept 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Namur
SponsorsBRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action trought Interdisciplinary Networks)
SupervisorCecile De Terwangne (Supervisor), Alexandre De Streel (Co-Supervisor), Marc Nihoul (President), Benoit Michaux (Jury), Giorgio Monti (Jury) & Heike Schweitzer (Jury)


  • Business-to-business data sharing
  • Compulsory data sharing
  • Sharing rationale
  • Balancing exercises
  • Individual autonomy

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