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UK Data Protection Regulation

In early August, the United Kingdom government outlined plans for a new data protection law that is expected to ensure the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be upheld by law and allow data to be sent between the UK and European Union (EU) in an unfettered manner. The government’s law seeks to address the issue of uncertainly over what data protection might look like post-Brexit Britain. The legislation’s main points include:

  • The fining structure will be the same as that for the rest of the EU under GDPR (4% of global turnover);
  • The threshold for obtaining consent will be hard to achieve, onerous to maintain and easier to withdraw;
  • Rights relating to the deletion of data will be enhanced.

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