Britain aims to deviate from EU data rules to drive growth, the minister says by Reuters

© Reuters.UK Secretary of State Oliver Dowden for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports walks outside London’s Downing Street


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London (Reuters)-The UK plans to amend data protection legislation to make information flow more freely and promote the growth of the digital economy, said digital secretary Oliver Dowden.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in 2018, was reflected in UK law after Brexit. The EU tentatively acknowledges that UK law is appropriate.

Mr Dauden said the UK will not undermine data protection, but will seek opportunities to drive growth.

“There is a sweet spot in the UK that retains many of the GDPR’s strengths in providing people with data security,” he told reporters. “But there are clearly areas where we think we can make more progress.”

He said Britain could move faster than the EU in impressive data sharing agreements with non-EU countries.

“Our rulemaking can slightly reduce the European approach set out in the GDPR by focusing on the results we want, rather than the burden of rules imposed on individual businesses.” He said.

Britain could diverge from Europe while maintaining its suitability with its largest trading partner, Block, he said, promoting growth and sacrificing suitability, or sacrificing suitability. He added that it is not an alternative between having and barely growing.

Mr. Dauden said he would not “move in a hurry” and would draft a proposal after consulting with the industry.

The data proposal will be part of the agenda for using technology to drive economic recovery from COVID-19.

He said the deployment of gigabit broadband will accelerate growth and was convinced that 80% of non-subsidized countries would be connected by 2025.

He said the government had initially allocated £ 1.2 billion out of a total of £ 5 billion to help fund broadband in rural areas, adding that more could be allocated.

“The constraint is not the allocation of capital, but the ability of (telecom) companies to provide that capital,” he said.

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Britain aims to deviate from EU data rules to drive growth, the minister says by Reuters

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