The UK Reform of Data Protection: Impact on Data Subjects, Harm Prevention, and Regulatory Probity

14 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2022 Last revised: 13 Jan 2022

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Francesca Mazzi

Brunel University London

Abid Adonis

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Josh Cowls

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Andreas Tsamados

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Luciano Floridi

Yale University - Digital Ethics Center; University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies

Date Written: January 11, 2022

Abstract

In September 2021, the UK government released a set of proposed reforms to its data protection regime for public consultation. The reforms are part of a broader national strategy, which aims to incentivise data-driven innovation and make the UK an international “data hub”. In this article, we argue that taken together, the proposed reforms risk (1) undermining the data subjects’ rights that were ensured with the adoption of the EU GDPR into UK law; (2) introducing an accountability framework that is inadequate to address harm prevention; and (3) eroding the regulatory probity of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). We also comment on the analysis of the expected impact of the reform, discussing the negative impact for both public and private stakeholders, especially in light of the “Brussels effect” and growing international compliance with the EU GDPR.

Keywords: Accountability;Brussels Effect; data protection; digital governance; digital innovation; privacy; UK GDPR reform.

JEL Classification: K2

Suggested Citation

Mazzi, Francesca and Adonis, Abid and Cowls, Josh and Tsamados, Andreas and Taddeo, Mariarosaria and Floridi, Luciano, The UK Reform of Data Protection: Impact on Data Subjects, Harm Prevention, and Regulatory Probity (January 11, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4006600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4006600

Francesca Mazzi

Brunel University London ( email )

Kingston Lane
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

Abid Adonis

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Josh Cowls

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Andreas Tsamados

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Mariarosaria Taddeo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

Luciano Floridi (Contact Author)

Yale University - Digital Ethics Center ( email )

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New Haven, CT CT 06511
United States
2034326473 (Phone)

University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies ( email )

Via Zamboni 22
Bologna, Bo 40100
Italy

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