UK set to shake up existing data laws

  • The UK Government has announced it wants to change existing data laws and move away from current EU regulations.

    New data law reforms have been  put forward by the UK Government as part of plans to move away from current EU rules.

    The government has so far said it wants to end the use of web cookie banners, which are used by organisations to secure consent and are currently required under EU laws.

    Speaking about the changes, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the Daily Telegraph he wanted to move focus to “common sense, not box-ticking.”

    The new plans also include creating new data partnerships with the US and other countries, which the government hopes will help get around existing trade barriers associated with data rules.

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    The Government said it is prioritising striking data adequacy partnerships with the US, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, the Dubai International Finance Centre and Colombia.

    Future partnerships with India, Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia are also to be prioritised.

    In his interview with the Telegraph, Mr Dowden said data rules reform is “one of the big prizes” of leaving the EU and that data is the “oil” that will power the 21st century when harnessed properly.

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    In response to the announcement, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the UK’s data watchdog will help support the Government’s plans, but encouraged the pursuit of trust and transparency.

    As part of the announcement, the DCMS also revealed that it is appointing New Zealand privacy commissioner John Edwards as its preferred candidate to be the UK’s next information commissioner.

    Source: Irish News and The Telegraph

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