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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.

The consultation will run to 19th November. The DCMS press release is on their site and for further details or to take part in the consultation process, go to this link.

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