According to a panel of data protection experts, next May's implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes good commercial sense.
According to discussions around GDPR, it was described as providing a code for good business practices in handling personal data, and it includes mandatory disclosure around breaches, to help consumers to understand serious incidents concerning confidentiality and security.
It was agreed that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as the UK privacy regulator needs to remain relevant and penetrative as well as being able to lead on GDPR, post-Brexit.
By pursuing GDPR-like legislation to replace the 1988 UK Data Protection Act, the panel agreed the UK would be in a good position in terms of commercial data exchanges.
There is currently breaches of the law in government and other bodies indiscriminately collecting the nation’s internet activity and phone records, and letting hundreds of public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details where there is no suspicion of serious crime. Civil rights group Liberty confirms that it has begun its legal challenge to the bulk surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act, setting in motion a judicial review.