Europe has been the data and privacy authority for the last few years.
The UK’s data protection laws were re-written to mirror EU regulations. The goal was to prevent conflict between British and European laws.
The controversial GDPR came into effect three years ago. It is still the blueprint of UK privacy law after introducing it in the 2018 Data Protection Act.
The UK plans to establish new data deals with other countries now that it has left the EU. Including the US, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea.
As an EU regulation, GDPR became UK law with immediate effect on May 25, 2018. If the Government had left it at that, it would have ceased to take effect on January 1, 2021. It is the date the UK left the EU.
The new British data protection rules would differ from Europe’s GDPR. According to the Government’s proposal published last Thursday.
The nature of those changes will be crucial for the agreements completed in June with the EU.
It depends on whether the UK can maintain separate data agreements. It requires British privacy standards to remain equal to the Union’s rules.
Why the change of heart in data protection?
Oliver Dowden is the UK’s digital secretary. He announced a proposed package of measures that seize the opportunities of data. To boost growth, trade and improve public services.
But this could mean significant changes in how the UK treats data. The freedom could lead to an end to irritating cookie popups and consent requests online.
The Government also mentioned there was potential to unlock more trade and innovation.
Achieved by reducing unnecessary barriers and burdens on international data transfers. Which it hopes will result in faster, cheaper and more reliable products for UK consumers.
Dowden puts it as the UK plans to move away from EU data rules with overhauls based on common sense, not box-ticking.
So what happens when the UK stops mirroring Europe’s GDPR?
Any changes will constrain the need to offer a new regime that the EU deems adequate. Otherwise, data transfers between the UK and EU could stop.
The June data adequacy agreement with the EU could have adverse effects. Depending on whether the UK changes diverge too far from EU data and privacy standards.
There are already issues when it comes to data transfers between the EU and the US.
Reports or show future data regulation will aim to convince other nations.
The UK’s data protection needs to be adequate by their own standards. It would allow the effortless transfer of information across international borders.
The Government announced six target regions of global data adequacy trials. These include Australia, Colombia, Dubai, Singapore, South Korea and the US.
But the UK will look to focus on the addition of India, Brazil, Kenya, and Indonesia to that list. It would help open the data protection trade blocks estimated to be worth £11 billion per annum.
The proposal comes alongside many proposed measures. The goal is to increase trade and innovation arranged via tweaks to the UK’s data program.
There are loopholes to such manoeuvres. Drastic changes to the UK’s privacy rules might not only jeopardise the EU data agreement.
Companies that operate in the EU and Britain might need to spend more time and money to follow both systems.
Besides, the Government said it would open its proposals for public comments. After this, they will begin preparing to make binding changes.