The UK government will have more powers to implement data protection exemptions if the Retained EU Law Bill (REUL Bill) and the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill (DPDI No.2 Bill) pass as currently drafted. It would mean Articles 9 and 10 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would no longer take precedence, while the government would also have greater scope to remove the protection of data subject rights under section 186 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). According to Pinsent Masons, this could pave the way for businesses seeking to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems to benefit. However, it also suggests the government could implement harsh data rights restrictions, such as those attempted under the immigration exemption.
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