DCMS delays data protection reform bill with a new consultation

The Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed there will be a further consultation into the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI), which was set to replace the existing arrangements following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The news follows Michelle Donelan’s, Secretary of State for DCMS, comments at the tory conference which suggested that there could be a more radical approach in the future. Owen Rowland, deputy director for domestic data protection policy at DCMS, said that the UK’s adequacy agreement with the EU will remain a priority which suggests that the existing structure may not change that much. However, judging by the UK’s attempts to provide a simplified mechanism for post Brexit international transfer, the promise to remove ‘red tape’ has fallen short. The aim of a second consultation is not clear and is likely to delay the bill well into 2023.

We will provide further updates on progress as and when they become available.

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