Ms Denham, speaking to a House of Lords committee last week, also urged the Government to establish an interim data sharing agreement with the European Union to ensure information can continue to flow as soon as the country leaves. Experts have warned that even if the UK adopts the GDPR the Investigatory Powers Act could threaten this.
“We can’t have people throwing rocks at us from the outside, we have to have a very strong regime here, which is well enforced,” said Ms Denham.
“Weakening the law, making it so-called less burdensome on business may seem attractive when you look at it on the surface but I don’t think a sustainable model is a lowering of data protection regulation and practice. That’s really going to bite us in the long term.”
She added that the UK watchdog will increasingly work with data protection offices beyond Europe with a long term goal of lobbying for an international treaty on standards.
A spokesman for the ICO said: “In May 2018 new laws come into force to better protect people’s privacy in the digital age and ensure organisations who handle personal information get it right. That brings significant additional responsibilities for the ICO as the UK’s data protection regulator.”
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