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Culture Secretary pledges to repeal EU data law and replace it with a UK ‘common sense’ system

Culture Secretary pledges to repeal EU data law and replace it with a UK ‘common sense’ system

  • Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has pledged to remove GDPR data protection
  • She announced plans for a new UK system focused on ‘common sense’
  • At Conservative Party Conference, Donelan spoke out against bureaucracy for small businesses

The Culture Secretary was cheered by party members as she pledged to scrap GDPR data protection rules amid a bonfire of EU bureaucracy.

Michelle Donelan has pledged to put in place a new ‘common sense’ UK system that protects privacy while preventing losses from cyberattacks and data breaches.

In her speech at the conference, she railed against the bureaucracy faced by small businesses, shopkeepers and even churches and said they would no longer be “chained”.

EU data law ‘ties them to clumsy bureaucracy’, Ms Donelan said. “Now is the time to fully seize this post-Brexit opportunity and unlock the full growth potential of UK businesses.”

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan speaking at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday at the Birmingham International Convention Center

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, came into effect in 2018 but is unpopular.

Rules mean constant pop-ups asking people for their data as well as complex rules for businesses.

Last year, ministers asked the Information Commissioner’s office to address concerns that data protection was stifling innovation.

A senior retail source said: “It will make it a lot easier to start a business, but will anything that replaces it actually make things better?” That’s the question.

The move, which includes a pledge to make the UK “a bridge across the Atlantic”, is likely to alarm privacy experts, who have fought for years for greater transparency about how family data is used and stored.

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