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The monthly law publication which covers all aspects of data protection and data privacy. Topics covered include data transfers and outsourcing, data localisation and retention, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the e-Privacy Directive, data security, marketing and behavioural advertising, consent, employee monitoring, privacy compliance, risk management, DPO responsibilities, accountability, Privacy by Design, acquisition and mergers, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and Big Data / read more

DPL June 2017

 
A common sense approach to UK data protection

 

If it is true that uncertain times lie ahead for the UK, the past year has been a good warm up. Following the shock result of the Brexit referendum a year ago, we have witnessed a change of Government, an endless and sometimes fierce debate about the shape that Brexit should take, an alarming increase in hate crime, a full blown legal challenge about which UK institution has the final say, a slightly subdued parliamentary debate and a general election. In the meantime, the Government has been - perhaps understandably - coy to reveal its Brexit cards and as a result, both business and citizens have been left guessing how things will turn out. The same is true of the future of UK data protection. Or at least it was until the recent Queen’s Speech.

According to the bold statement made by Her Majesty to Parliament and the country on 21 June 2017, a new law will ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data. This means that the Government is keen to show it understands the importance of having a robust data protection framework for the prosperity of the country. So during this legislature, the UK will pass a new Data Protection Act replacing the existing one. If anything, this is an acknowledgment by the Government that privacy and data protection are regarded as a political and legislative priority.

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