The Digital Clearinghouse aims to create a platform facilitating cooperation, dialogue and exchange of insights and best practices between regulatory authorities, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. Its key mission is to achieve a better and more coherent protection of individuals in an era of big data and artificial intelligence.
The European Data Protection Supervisor launched the initiative of the Digital Clearinghouse in a 2016 Opinion as a voluntary network of regulators involved in the enforcement of legal regimes in digital markets, with a focus on data protection, consumer and competition law. In a 2017 Resolution, the European Parliament endorsed “the establishment and further development of the Digital Clearinghouse as a voluntary network of enforcement bodies [that] can contribute to enhancing their work and their respective enforcement activities and can help deepen the synergies and the safeguarding of the rights and interests of individuals”. Four meetings among regulatory authorities took place in 2017 and 2018 as facilitated by the European Data Protection Supervisor.
From 2019, the Digital Clearinghouse is jointly hosted by the Research Centre in Information, Law and Society (CRIDS) at the University of Namur, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University, and the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels.
The objectives of the project are twofold: (1) to exchange best practices and novel ideas about how to protect individuals in digital markets across legal regimes, and (2) to bring together different stakeholders involved in this challenge.
Closed roundtables for regulatory authorities are organised twice a year. An academic background note (published on this website) prepared by the project team at CRIDS and TILT forms the basis for the discussion during each roundtable. All regulators in the digital space, based in the EU or around the world, are invited to take part.
The European Policy Centre will prepare a number of policy briefs (published on this website). The objective of these policy briefs is to disseminate insights gained during the project to relevant policy makers, in particular at the EU level.
A number of public international conferences are organised. These conferences are open to all. The aim is to bring together different stakeholders to discuss and exchange views on current challenges of protecting the interests of individuals in digital markets.
A web page is created that aims to draw together relevant academic research and to share knowledge about recent cases and enforcement actions across the globe.