Consultation outcome

Data: a new direction

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The full government response was published on 17 June 2022, and can be accessed using the link above.

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Public consultation on reforms to the UK’s data protection regime.

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Consultation description

The government is launching a consultation on reforms to create an ambitious, pro-growth and innovation-friendly data protection regime that underpins the trustworthy use of data.

Unlocking the power of data is one of the government’s 10 Tech Priorities. As set out in the National Data Strategy, data is a strategic asset and its responsible use should be seen as a huge opportunity to embrace. This consultation is the first step in delivering on Mission 2 of the National Data Strategy to secure a pro-growth and trusted data regime.

Outside of the EU, the UK can reshape its approach to regulation and seize opportunities with its new regulatory freedoms, helping to drive growth, innovation and competition across the country. The UK needs agile and adaptable data protection laws that enhance its global reputation as a hub for responsible data-driven business that respects high standards of data protection.

This consultation presents proposals that build on the key elements of the current UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), such as its data processing principles, its data rights for citizens, and its mechanisms for supervision and enforcement. The proposals aim to deliver an even better data protection regime that will:

  • support vibrant competition and innovation to drive economic growth
  • maintain high data protection standards without creating unnecessary barriers to responsible data use
  • keep pace with the rapid innovation of data-intensive technologies
  • help innovative businesses of all sizes to use data responsibly without undue uncertainty or risk, both in the UK and internationally
  • ensure the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is equipped to regulate effectively in an increasingly data-driven world

This consultation is the first step in the process of reforming the UK’s regime for the protection of personal data. Consultation responses will provide us with evidence to help shape any future reforms. We are keen to hear from as broad a set of respondents as possible.

There is no obligation to answer all questions in the consultation. You can respond in full or in part to the questions.

Please send your responses by whatever means above to arrive no later than 19 November.

If responding to these questions via post or email, DCMS would be grateful if you could provide the following information, where relevant:

  • your name
  • your organisation’s name
  • your organisation’s details
  • email address

Please see details of the privacy notice accompanying this consultation to understand how any personal information will be handled.


Consultation document

Analysis of expected impact

Published 10 September 2021
Last updated 23 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added Annex B.

  2. The government response to the consultation has been published.

  3. First published.