Earlier this week Britain vowed to tear up the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules and implement an independent approach to data privacy.
This announcement was made by the British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Michelle Donelan, who pledged to remove red tape during an address to the Conservative’s party annual conference, although the precise constitution of the new regime remains vague.
Donelan said: “We will be replacing GDPR with our own business-and consumer-friendly British data protection system. I can promise…that it will be simpler, it will be clearer for businesses to navigate. No longer will our businesses be shackled by lots of unnecessary red tape.”
Vowing to build new privacy protections founded on ‘common sense’, Donelan claimed that the British economy could be boosted by dispensing with needless bureaucracy while retaining protections for internet users.
It is not clear when this new regime will come into force, what exactly it will entail and what implications this will have for the adequacy decision that was adopted by the European Commission in June 2021. This is an interesting development to keep in mind when operating in United Kingdom.
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