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Government to reform GDPR data protection laws

The UK’s new data regime is expected to remove ‘unnecessary bureaucracy’ from data protection laws inherited from the EU.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is due to present the Government’s new Data Protection and Digital Information Bill to MPs for consideration in the House of Commons for the first time, a bill she has described as “one of the greatest rewards of Brexit”.

Among other changes, the proposals would see EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws reformed, with the new data regime expected to save businesses around £1billion, according to Dorries.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says the reforms will remove ‘prescriptive requirements’ from data laws inherited from the EU and give organizations greater flexibility to protect data people in “more proportionate ways” rather than each following the same process regardless of their size.

“We cannot afford to stick to the status quo, continue to prioritize process over results, and allow unnecessary bureaucracy to stifle growth and innovation,” Dorries is expected to say. “If we were still in the EU, we would have to continue following the current approach. Thanks to Brexit, we don’t.”

The UK’s new Data Bill is expected to increase fines for nuisance calls and texts, enable a digital birth and death register in England and Wales and facilitate the flow and use of data personal information for law enforcement and national security purposes, among other changes.

The proposals would also change the structure and objectives of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), including the appointment of a chair, chief executive and board of directors, the government said. Currently, the ICO is an independent body, which describes itself as being “created to defend information rights in the public interest, promote openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals”.

“With this bill, we will build a new independent data regime,” Dorries will say. “A regime that, along with a number of common-sense changes, frees our businesses and unlocks scientific and economic growth, while maintaining our high standards of data protection.”

“This data bill is one of Brexit’s greatest rewards. This allows us to create a growth-friendly trust system – one that is not designed for Brussels, but for the people of the UK.

The DCMS also said that the changes included in the bill would improve the UK’s ability to enter into international data agreements and make them more secure, which it said would allow UK businesses to benefit from billions of dollars. trade books.

The Data Reform Bill was first announced during the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament last May, in which Prince Charles replaced Queen Elizabeth, who decided not to attend for health reasons.

At the time, IIndustry officials have expressed concern that, if not properly implemented, the bill could ultimately cost the economy more than it will bring in. If the UK deviates too far from EU standards, it could lose its “data adequacy status”, meaning businesses will face higher compliance costs when they receive data. block data.

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