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Data Protection - What's New and Upcoming? May 2022 Roundup

on Thursday, 12 May 2022.

Over recent years the public has become more aware of data protection rights. However, a number of recent cases indicate that the courts are taking a pragmatic approach.

In our recent 'Responding to Data Protection Claims' article, we provide an overview of these cases and our commentary.

Data Protection Post-Brexit

2021 saw a raft of proposals for post-Brexit data protection measures and reforms, including measures to:

  • reduce barriers to innovation in AI/machine learning and scientific research
  • change the thresholds for data subject access requests
  • boost trade by reducing barriers to data flows
  • deliver better public services
  • reform the UK ICO


What Does This Mean for UK Data Protection Going Forward?

Businesses will welcome the plans to re-balance UK data protection law towards trade and innovation. However, the reforms are at an early stage and subject to consultation. It is unclear how they will find their way into UK data protection law.

There is also the question of the UK’s adequacy status with the EU. Post-Brexit, the EU granted the UK adequacy status on the basis that the UK would remain aligned to EU data standards. If we depart too far from the EU data laws, we risk losing our adequacy status.

We can be sure that UK and EU organisations will be monitoring developments in this area with interest over the coming months and years.

If you require any further information on data protection updates, please contact Penny Bygrave in our Commercial team on 07909 681572, or complete the form below.

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