Brexit Britain poised to tear up ‘unnecessary’ EU laws – new report | Politics | New
The UK’s Task Force for Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform has released a report on how Britain can seize its new regulatory freedom vis-à-vis the European Union. The group, chaired by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, made around 100 recommendations to the prime minister.
They include ways to increase ‘the UK’s economic growth, competitiveness and productivity without reducing our commitment to benchmark protections for consumers, workers and the environment’.
Brexit has allowed the UK to regain its sovereignty, but many data protection laws remain aligned with the EU.
The EU implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law in 2018 and is designed to protect personal data stored on computers.
But, the report argues that existing regulations do not give people control over their information, and insists that requests in the form of cookies have turned into a “checkbox exercise.”
Cookies appear on most modern websites to give users the choice to manage how their data is shared online.
The report says, “GDPR aims to give people control over their personal data, but rarely does. In many cases, this translates, literally, into a checkbox exercise.
“The type of self-managed privacy where consumers must read, consent and manage the options of individual privacy policies to use products and services is just not scalable.
“The over-emphasis on consent has led people to be bombarded with complex consent requests. An illustration of this is the cookie consent banner that appears every time you visit a website.
“Behavioral science and common sense tell you that putting a ‘tick to agree’ box in front of a person when they want to access a website or service does not generate true informed consent, it just means that people are likely to tick “accept ‘without thinking.”
Sir Iain and fellow Conservative MPs Theresa Villiers and George Freeman have called on Britain to create its own regulatory system and give the British more control over their information.
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“A good measure of the success of the reform will be ending unnecessary cookie banners, as well as gaining a better understanding among the public of how their data is being used, if and how they benefit from their data and what are their realistic powers of confidentiality and consent. really are.
The report also highlighted the development of a “smart” energy grid, new rules governing drones and electric scooters, digital health and the partial return of imperial measures.
He adds that the UK regulatory system should be as “simple, nimble and proportionate as possible”.