Will the off then on again data protection reform bill return next week?

02/03/2023 | Politico

On Sunday, Politico reported that the government wouldn't act on the proposed Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDIB) during the current parliamentary session due to the disruption created by the creation of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. However, two days later, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan refuted the claims of significant delays made by junior minister Paul Scully and insisted the Bill is set to be reintroduced to the House of Commons week commencing 6 March. 

So there you have it. 

Or perhaps not. In another twist, a Twitter thread posted by Owen Boswarva raises further doubts as he noted the government statement in the House of Commons (fast forward to 10:37), setting out business for the coming week and provisional business for the week after, which made no mention of the DPDIB. Then, responding to his own post, Owen highlighted a separate Twitter thread from IAPP Research and Insights Director and former Deputy Director for International Data Transfers for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Joe Jones, who somewhat excitedly proclaimed big UK data privacy news is on its way. The post suggests DSIT will release proposals for a new UK General Data Protection Regulation next week and that those proposals will contain changes compared to last July's draft. 

The post also links to Michelle Donelan's keynote presentation at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive UK conference next week in which she will no doubt discuss the latest developments, whatever they eventually turn out to be. 

As Pinsent Masons highlights, the UK GDPR would be repealed under the draft Retained EU Law (Reform and Revocation) Bill from 31 December this year unless ministers decide to preserve or replace its provisions.  

And that's that, clear as mud.  

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Westminster, UK Government, Data Transfer

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