On 10 September 2021, the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched a consultation outlining its proposals to extensively reform the UK’s data protection and privacy regime, following its departure from the European Union (“EU”).

The new data protection rules proposed for the UK would see the country deviate from the standards that apply in the EU under the European General Data Protection Regulation (“EU GDPR”) and would loosen restrictions on the use of data in the UK, with the purpose of engendering growth and innovation.

The DCMS proposals fall into five broad categories.

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