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New UK Version of GDPR

Updated: Apr 5, 2023


The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was first introduced last Summer and paused in September 2022 so ministers could engage in a co-design process with business leaders and data experts, ensuring that the new regime builds on the UK’s high standards for data protection and privacy and seeks to ensure data adequacy while moving away from the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of the European Union’s GDPR.


The bill will aim 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 the new regime maintains data adequacy with the EU, and wider international confidence in the UK’s comprehensive data protection standards;

  • Reduce the amount of paperwork organisations need to complete to demonstrate compliance;

  • Support international trade without creating extra costs for businesses if they are already compliant with current data regulation;

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

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


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