What’s going on with the government’s proposal for GDPR reform in the UK? It’s becoming a ripple, much like Donald Trump’s predicted ‘red wave’ in the US midterm elections!
In July, the Boris Johnson administration issued the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. This was seen as the next step in a widely publicized plan to reform the UK’s data protection regime after Brexit. The government predicted he would save businesses £1 billion over a decade. (The main provisions of the bill are summarized in this blog post.)
ON 3rd In October 2022, during a Conservative Party conference, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Michelle Donnellan, delivered a speech announcing plans to replace the UK’s GDPR. In the new “British data protection system”.
The bill passed parliament pauseIt seemed the drafters needed to go back to the drawing board to show even more “Brexit benefits”. There was even talk of another consultation. Remember, this bill is the result of extensive consultations that started in September 2021 (SeeData: New Directions”).
Last week Ibrahim Hasan attended the IAPP Conference in Brussels. DCMS Deputy Director Owen Rowland said at the conference that the latest “talks” on the stalled bill will begin soon. However, he confirmed that it was not a full-blown public consultation.
“It is important to be clear about[the type of consultation]. There are many different business sectors,” said Rowland. “We will provide more details in the coming weeks, particularly regarding the opportunity to set.”
While the bill may not undergo a major overhaul, Rowland said he welcomes comments that may “require revisions to the text[of existing proposals].” He said consultations have been launched to avoid the “real risk” of missing key points and to provide “opportunities that were underutilized” to gain stakeholder insight. added.
Rowland suggested that DCMS hold a roundtable discussion. If any of our readers are invited to the aforementioned table (round or otherwise), please let us know. Are there any differences in the content of the bills? We are skeptical, but time will tell.
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