Data Protection and Digital Information Bill on hold

04/10/2022 | TechCrunch

During her speech at the Conservative party annual conference in Birmingham, culture secretary Michele Donelan confirmed Britain would replace the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with its own system. "I can promise ... that it will be simpler, it will be clearer, for businesses to navigate. No longer will our businesses be shackled by lots of unnecessary red tape." 

While her speech was short on details, TechCrunch and Mischon de Reya report the government has confirmed it is to pause the passage of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill in order to allow ministers time to take another look. The announcement means that the government's plans are once again unclear. However, Donelan did cite an Oxford Martin Working Paper from March, which suggested the GDPR limits business profits by 8%. The report's analysis was questioned at the time due to limitations in its scope and conclusions. Mischon de Reya has today underscored that criticism with a post highlighting various inaccuracies claiming that "the paper contains some bold, and clearly wrong, statements about the law."

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