Pillsbury global co-leader of Data Privacy Rafi Azim-Khan highlighted in the Daily Mail and Financial Times today the risks a new Data Reform Bill in the UK will pose and the impact for businesses.

“There has been quite a lot of talk of the UK reforming its data laws, so this isn’t a bolt from the blue by any means,” he said.

Azim-Khan, however, told the Financial Times that there would be “quite a bit of nervousness” for businesses in the weeks ahead.

 He added: “Any significant departure from the GDPR would not only mean renewed compliance efforts, but also potentially risk the UK’s EU data adequacy ruling.”

The government’s stated intention of the bill is to introduce guidelines on personal data use while also cutting red tape in an effort to restructure data protection laws inherited from the European Union.

The bill, included in the Queen’s Speech, would be used to reform the existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act, which the government describes as complex and says currently encourages “excessive paperwork”.

While observers await full details on the proposals, it has been reported that web cookie consent banners that appear when visiting a website could be scrapped.

The UK regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, would be modernized, to make sure it has the powers and staffing to take stronger action against those who breach the law.

“I’d imagine we’d see more of a pruning than root and branch reform, but hopefully we’re not left waiting too long to find out,” Azim-Khan told the Daily Mail. He advised businesses with UK/EU operations to watch this space and consider what the changes will mean for their model.

Read the Daily Mail and Financial Times articles here and here.