On 10 May 2022, HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, delivered the Queen's Speech to unveil the government's legislative agenda for the next Parliamentary term. As anticipated here and here, the speech confirmed plans to reform the UK's data protection regime with the Data Reform Bill and the Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act. The speech did not include details about the exact nature of the reforms, but those are expected in the weeks to come. We expect confirmation of the proposed changes will reopen the debate and potentially jeopardise EU-UK adequacy.
This summary article contains reactions and commentary on the announcements. We will continue to edit this post with updates as they are published.
- DLA Piper: Data Reform Bill - post-Brexit data reforms
- Pinsent Masons: discusses the significant legislative reform businesses can expect from the data, cyber and tech initiatives announced
- TechCrunch: UK pushes ahead on privacy reforms, while technology competition rules change pushed back.
- CityAM: UK fails to define clear data reform strategy
- EURACTIV UK Data Reforms throw adequacy ruling into doubt
- Independent: Bill of Rights puts the UK on collision course with Brussels
- UK Government: Queen's Speech 2022
Or you can watch the Queen's Speech 2022 in full (the action begins at 50m00s), courtesy of The Telegraph.
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