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Next steps for UK data protection

Morning, Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the key policy priorities for UK data protection, regulatory and policy developments and the evolving ways in which data is being utilised and shared.

We are delighted to be able to include contributions from Steve Wood, Executive Director Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office;  Chris Combemale, CEO, DMA; and Mark Thompson, Global Lead, Privacy Advisory Practice, KPMG.

It comes with the UK Government’s welcoming of the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions, which would allow for data to continue to flow freely following the UK-EU trade agreement - as well as the Online Harms White Paper, which sets out plans for future regulation and names Ofcom as the regulator for online harms.

Areas for discussion include latest thinking on:

  • data  protection in the UK after exit from the EU
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on use of data
  • the National Data Strategy
  • the future and next steps for the UK’s data protection policy

The agenda:

  • Data protection in the UK post-Brexit - responding to the European Commission’s decision on data adequacy
  • Developing the UK’s post-Brexit data protection policy and regulatory frameworks
  • Data protection and COVID-19 - the impact of increased remote working during the pandemic, and the role of data in supporting medical research and contact tracing
  • The next steps for data sharing, and priorities for implementing the new code of practice - privacy, enforcement, and sharing data internationally
  • Taking forward the National Data Strategy - developing best practice for data compliance, and guidelines across key sectors to support innovation and growth
  • Next steps for UK data protection policy

Background to the discussion:

  • UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions - which if adopted would allow for the continued free flow of data following the UK-EU trade agreement
  • the National Data Strategy - the policy paper and consultation aimed at realising the opportunities for data and data use ahead of a wider Digital Strategy due to be published in the Autumn
  • the ICO’s Data Sharing Code of Practice - which includes guidance for businesses to continue to carry out responsible data sharing to support digital innovation and growth, and plans to build upon this by updating anonymisation guidance
  • the Online Harms White Paper - setting out plans for the future of the regulatory landscape and naming Ofcom as the regulator for online harms
  • Online harms and the ethics of data - the inquiry into online harms and the ethics of data, which is in part examining the impact of increasingly data-driven services and automated decisions, led by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
  • New review into use of health data for research and analysis - from the DHSC, which will feed into the forthcoming Data Strategy for Health and Social Care
  • Data Protection law can help create public trust and confidence around COVID-status certification schemes - a recent blog from the Information Commissioner
  • Reflecting on the use of AI and data-driven technology in the pandemic - a recent blog post from the CDEI which outlines in part that in the face of a public health crisis, community data sharing increased

Key issues for discussion: [back to the agenda]

  • UK data protection post-Brexit - developing the policy and regulatory frameworks
  • Data sharing:
    • the ICO’s new code of practice - priorities for implementing the code, designed to support responsible data sharing, and addressing issues around privacy, security and enforcement
    • data transfers - ensuring transparent and secure data transfers domestically and internationally, in light of the European Commission’s draft decision on data adequacy
    • future trade deals - the impact of data access agreements in trade deals on the UK’s data framework, with nations such as with the US
    • priorities for innovation:
      • the role of data sharing and analytics in supporting technological innovation, reducing inefficiency and supporting productivity
      • whether more is needed to address issues around interoperability and access for SMEs
  • The National Data Strategy:
    • innovation - latest thinking on utilising the potential of data to support data-driven innovation, and strengthen the UK’s global positioning in the sector
    • best practice for data compliance - priorities for development, and guidelines across key sectors to support sustainable growth
    • priorities for regulation:
      • the impact of regulatory enforcement to date, across key sectors including finance, advertising, the third sector, and online services
      • remaining issues for data protection compliance
  • Data protection and COVID-19:
    • changing use practices:
      • how the use of data and its regulation has evolved and adapted during the pandemic
      • the impact of wider community data sharing as a response to the public health crisis
    • the impact of increased remote working:
      • how regulation and industry have responded to increased remote working, and an increased use of personal devices for work and education
      • what measures have been put in place to ensure security of data during this period
    • medical applications
      • the role of data in supporting medical research and contact tracing
      • whether more action is needed by policymakers and regulators to address concerns around the transparency, collection, and use of personal data

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from the technology and telecoms industries, media businesses along with their suppliers and their advisors, digital platforms and other companies with a major presence online, digital marketing and advertising companies and trade bodies, businesses in the regulated industries, charities and third sector organisations, public services and public sector organisations that handle large volumes of personal data, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, legal and financial analysts, academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Mark Thompson

Global Lead, Privacy Advisory Practice, KPMG


Charles Courtenay, the Earl of Devon

Partner, Michelmores


Steve Wood

Executive Director Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Chris Combemale