Government consultation on post-Brexit data protection reforms

Marta Dunphy-Moriel of Dunphy-Moriel Legal Services Ltd reviews the planned changes which will steer the UK further away from the GDPR.

In a bold move, the Government has taken a significant step to reform the UK’s data protection regime post-Brexit, a few weeks after receiving an Adequacy declaration from the European Commission.

The consultation paper: Data: A new direction (consultation) is a clear declaration of intentions which sets out the Government’s proposals to update the UK privacy regime and diverge from the EU GDPR.

Why is this reform taking place?

The consultation states that main reasons for this reform are to reduce barriers to innovation, ease the administrative burdens on businesses and improve cross-border data flows.

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