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Detail of outcome
The government’s response to the smart data review consultation includes a summary of responses and announces the next steps on cross-sector smart data work:
- primary legislation, when parliamentary time allows, extending the government’s powers to mandate participation in smart data initiatives
- launch of a cross-sector smart data working group to coordinate and accelerate existing smart data initiatives across regulators and government, focusing initially on communications, energy and finance. Alongside the consultation response we are publishing a terms of reference for the smart data working group and an impact assessment for the proposed legislation
Detail of feedback received
The consultation received 67 formal responses.
The majority of responses were supportive of the government’s proposals. Respondents largely agreed government should increase coordination across sectors and highlighted the importance of being able to mandate industry involvement in smart data initiatives. The focus on consumers and the review’s emphasis on benefitting vulnerable consumers was also welcomed.
Our 2018 consumer green paper, Modernising consumer markets, announced that we would launch a Smart Data Review to consider how we can accelerate the development and use of new data-driven technologies and services to improve consumer outcomes.
The review has concluded that there is considerable potential for Smart Data to support better consumer outcomes across consumer markets.
We are now consulting on proposals to:
- enable data driven innovation in consumer markets
- use data and technology to help vulnerable consumers
- ensure consumers and their data are protected