The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic have been dramatic episodes. There is now a clear political push to create “Global Britain,” to excel economically and to be a pioneer in innovation. The UK is starting to rethink its future path. A new National Data Strategy and an Artificial Intelligence Strategy have set the tone. An EU/UK Data Protection Adequacy Agreement, a consultation on UK International Data Transfers, new ideas for UK Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and proposed reform of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the regulator, enforcement and regulatory priorities all strongly suggest significant future divergence. This is major change; with more to come.  Some changes will take place, while others, will fall away or transform into other outcomes. Change in UK data, GDPR, innovation, artificial intelligence strategy and regulation, is the only constant.

Companies and Organisations will need to track proposals, examine the details, participate in consultations, review legal developments and update their data governance outlook. Strategy and risk should also be reviewed and recalibrated. This resources page provides a dashboard of the most important changes to the UK landscape. It will be updated, as things develop, and as the bigger picture becomes clearer. 

UK National Data Strategy (December 2020)

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Public Consultation on UK International Data Transfers (August 2021)

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Public Consultation on the UK Data Reforms (September 2021)

UK National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (September 2021)

ICO Response to DCMS Consultation “Data: a new direction” (October 2021)

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