UK’s National Data Guardian to warn government about changing data regulations


It was recently reported that the UK’s National Data Guardian (NDG) has issued a warning to the government’s decision to change the regulations concerning its proposals on automated decision-making.

Indeed, following the UK’s departure from the EU, these changes represent quite a significant departure from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and could potentially jeopardise data-sharing arrangements. The current implementation of the GDPR notes that people have a say in whether they are made subject to a solely automated decision-making process, especially if that decision has repercussions.

Hence, it was reported that the NDG has many concerns about the proposed reductions to existing protections and the ability of professionals, patients, and the public to be actively informed about decisions that can have strong impacts on them. It can also reduce people’s trust in the decisions taken.

The government proposals would also be a departure from EU data protection law, as it jeopardise the EU’s adequacy decision.