The UK has announced plans to change the data protection and privacy laws the government describes as a new mandate to encourage innovation and economic growth. The UK government says a new round of ‘data matching partnerships’ will help Britain boost international trade with countries such as the US, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Dubai or Colombia.
UK officials argue that the new data will eliminate the need for adequate partnership costly data compliance measures when transferring personal data to other countries. However, any change in the data transfer rules should be considered adequate by the EU. Otherwise, data exchanges between the UK and the EU may be affected.
The proposed changes are part of the government’s plans to “use data power to promote growth and job creation”, although some data privacy experts have expressed concern that these changes could be used to overhaul consumer data privacy introduced under European public data protection. Regulation (GDPR).
After the EU, GDPR?
It was introduced across the EU in May 2018, and data protection laws were enacted despite the UK voting to leave the EU. The British government is now arguing that the country could benefit by differentiating its data protection laws from other European countries, as the break with Brussels is over and Brexit is now a matter of the past.
“Now that we have left the EU, I am committed to seizing this opportunity by developing a world-leading data policy,” said Digital Oliver Dwight, the British Foreign Secretary. In an interview with TelegraphThe latter implies that the United Kingdom may now depart from policies relating to “unwanted” requests for cookies. A claim that has struck many experts in the field of data privacy, for whom cookies come under a completely different order from GDPR.
A spokesman for the British government in the ZDNet interview assured ZDNet: “We are not going to compromise on our high data standards and the protection of privacy and personal data.” A claim that needs to be proven.
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