In the UK, data reform legislation is being prepared that will remove some of the information processing burdens previously imposed by the European Union. According to the Department for Digital Technologies, Culture, Media and Sport, this measure will save UK businesses around £1 billion ($1.23 billion) over 10 years.
However, the British authorities do not like what is considered a reference “extremely difficult” EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Changes to local legislation aimed at reducing bureaucracy and paperwork are one of the benefits of a country’s exit from the European Union. Small businesses in the UK no longer need to employ a data protection officer and fill out the relevant documentation. Internet users can opt out of tracking cookies and websites will receive fewer annoying warnings about cookies.
However, Britain cannot exaggerate its independence from the EU either – the country wants to maintain the validity of the previously signed data exchange agreement between the Kingdom and continental Europe, a clause of which allows the EU to carry out regular checks. The representative of the ministry pointed out that the draft law does not contradict common European standards, although Brussels does not insist on the uniformity of laws for all partners.
The document proposes exempting research projects from detailed reports on the purpose of data collection, increasing penalties for spam in calls and SMS, and expanding the government’s powers over the national regulator that oversees work with data.