We like to think of data regulations as firm and unyielding, but let’s be honest: stuff changes all the time. Regulations shift, and businesses like yours have to pivot accordingly — and sometimes on the turn of a dime.
Coming hot off the press is legislation from the UK that signals significant changes to data privacy law. Everyone’s favorite data privacy framework, General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, is undergoing alterations in the UK that could change how other countries handle data security and compliance.
What the UK’s Data Protection and Digital Information Bill Means For You
Before you think, “Oh no, not again,” let’s be clear: this legislation aims to simplify GDPR compliance. It could actually make your life easier, so let’s take a closer look at the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill.
Surprisingly, the UK is loosening its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, which have been the law of the land since 2018. The move was motivated mainly by complaints from businesses, which argue that GDPR stifles their ability to be competitive.
After “Brexit,” the UK is free to make up its own rules independently of the EU. These changes aim to “adequately” protect consumers without being too dogmatic. Although the bill isn’t finalized, the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will likely affect businesses in three ways.
1. UK GDPR requires fewer to-dos
The real purpose of data privacy is to protect consumers from having their personal information mishandled, not to arbitrarily tick boxes for fun.