Stewart Room, global data protection legal services leader at PwC, comments on the new Data Protection Bill published today:
"The publication of the Data Protection Bill confirms the UK's commitment to very strong data protection laws, continuing the UK's status as an international leader in this field.
"This legislation gives UK based organisations - and those sending personal data to the UK - certainty and confidence about their obligations, rights and protections. Based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, it also gives confidence that the UK's legislative framework will retain parity with Europe's after Brexit. Therefore, multinationals operating in the EU and the UK will be able to build their data protection systems to a single, common standard, thereby eliminating most of the legal and operational barriers to the international flow and sharing of personal data between the EU and the UK.
"The legislation is also a massive boost for the rights of individuals whose personal data are processed in the UK, or by UK-based organisations. People can be confident that their rights will be protected to very high level and in accordance the strongest international standards.
"Organisations should continue with their preparations for the GDPR. The law will soon be in operation and there is pent-up demand for the law to be rigourously tested. Critical gaps in organisations' preparations will be exposed by the exercise of citizen rights, the operation of the mandatory security breach disclosure rule and by enhanced investigatory powers for the regulators. There is still time for organisations to address their critical data protection risks and we encourage them to revisit and review their programmes to ensure that they are focussed on high priority areas and risks."
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