Open Rights Group Response to Data: a new direction

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Open Rights Group submission to oppose DCMS plans to water down data protection in Data: a new direction

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On 10 September 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published “Data: a new direction”, a consultation about reforms to the UK data protection framework.

Open Rights Group (ORG) is deeply concerned by the contents and the potential impact of the proposals being discussed in this consultation. New technological developments have shown the potential to threaten our rights and discriminate at scale and existing data protection laws provide for much needed legal protection and remedies against these risks, such as

Obligations to use data responsibly, fairly, transparently, as well as to assess and mitigate the adverse or discriminatory consequences that such uses may have on individuals;Rights to know how personal data is being used, object to such uses, and ultimately retain control over life-changing data-driven decisions;Remedies for victims of abuses and independent oversight.

The importance of these rights

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