Common-sense UK version of GDPR bill being introduced today

The Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan introduces the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill today

The Bill is said to be a “common-sense-led UK version of the EU’s GDPR” which  will reduce costs and burdens for British businesses and charities, remove barriers to international trade and cut the number of repetitive data collection pop-ups online

A strengthened data regime will save UK economy more than £4 billion over next 10 years and ensure that privacy and data protection are securely protected.Common-sense UK version of GDPR bill being introduced today

The improved bill is intended to:

Introduce a simple, clear and business-friendly framework that will not be difficult or costly to implement – taking the best elements of GDPR and providing businesses with more flexibility about how they comply with the new data laws

Ensure our new regime maintains data adequacy with the EU, and wider international confidence in the UK’s comprehensive data protection standards

Further reduce the amount of paperwork organisations need to complete to demonstrate compliance

Support  more international trade without creating extra costs for businesses if they’re already compliant with current data regulation

Provide organisations with greater confidence about when they can process personal data without consent

Increase public and business confidence in AI technologies by clarifying the circumstances when robust safeguards apply to automated decision-making