New data laws to cut down paperwork for businesses and reduce cookie pops-up have been introduced by the UK government.
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.
Data is fundamental to fuelling economic growth in all areas of society, from unlocking medical breakthroughs to helping people travel, manage their finances, and shop online. It is vital to the development and use of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Data-driven trade generated 85 per cent of the UK’s total service exports and contributed an estimated £259 billion to the economy in 2021.
The bill will:
– 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.
See: [British Businesses to Save Billions Under New UK Version of GDPR – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)](https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-businesses-to-save-billions-under-new-uk-version-of-gdpr)