10 September 2021
One year after publishing its National Data Strategy, the UK Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today launched its long-awaited consultation on reform of the UK's data protection regime. In their words, it should be “based on common sense, not box ticking ... to cement UK’s position as a science and tech superpower."
The Governments seeks to reduce the administrative burden on organisations and make it more proportionate by moving "... away from the one-size-fits-all approach and allow organisations to demonstrate compliance in ways more appropriate to their circumstances, while still protecting citizens’ personal data to a high standard."
The consultation is wide-ranging and runs to 150 pages, covering headline topics including:
- Reducing barriers to responsible innovation
- Reform of the Accountability Framework
- Changes to the Data Subject Access Request regime
- Boosting Trade and Reducing Barriers to Data Flows
- Delivering Better Public Services
- Reform of the ICO
In implementing any resulting changes, the government will have to bear mind that there is a risk of losing the EU 'adequacy' decision in the UK's favour if new data protection provisions diverge in what is seen as a negative manner.
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