techUK on the Future of Data Governance for the UK
At the core of the paper entitled Trust, innovation, and global leadership: getting data governance right in the UK in 2021, is the idea that the UK must take action to position itself as a pioneer in developing an agile and living data protection system which supports innovation and promotes privacy.
Once able to embrace a greater synergy between privacy and innovation, the UK will be able to guide, steer, and influence the global debate about the direction of data governance in a way which protects the global digital economy and guards against the fragmentation of the internet.
To realise the full potential of advanced data-driven digital technologies and achieve the aims set out in the National Data Strategy, the UK must engage in a detailed conversation with industry to ensure that it’s data governance framework is fit for purpose for what comes next in an ever-changing world.
The discussion paper outlines key areas for action to help the UK position itself at the forefront of achieving a living data governance system underpinned by solid principles and objectives, including:
- Supporting and encouraging data driven innovation, by expanding the use of sandboxes and creating a Data Governance Forum between industry and government, civil society and the public to steer our approach to data.
- Increasing trust through a meaningful and proportionate approach to data protection, by rethinking the paper-work of privacy to ensure firms focus their efforts on meaningful steps to secure data rather than form filling; reviewing the legal bases for data processing to suit the modern economy; and reviewing the laws, such as the Cookies law, to assess whether they provide meaningful benefits for privacy or not.
- Becoming a leader in the global debate on data, by creating a globally-orientated data transfer framework and leveraging our alliances and trade agenda post-Brexit to support international schemes for trusted data sharing.
Commenting on the discussion paper, CEO Julian David said:
“techUK’s discussion paper on the future of data governance lays the groundwork for the direction the UK should take to become a pioneer in developing a world class data governance system which respects privacy, strikes the right balance between trust and innovation, and crucially continues to guide and support organisations to understand better the existing data protection requirements.”
“As the world emerges from the global pandemic and prepares for other challenges such as climate change, data governance will become more prominent in the discussions between world leaders. With the UK preparing to host the G7 and COP26 this year, there has never been a more important time to position the UK as a leader in this global debate on data."
Minister for Media and Data John Whittingdale said:
"We're committed to unlocking the huge potential of data to improve lives while maintaining our high governance standards. I welcome techUK's contribution to the important debate on how best to achieve this.
Through our National Data Strategy we are working closely with industry and civil society groups as we lead the way on the innovative, efficient and responsible use of data for the public good."
The full discussion paper can be accessed here.
Alessandra is techUK’s Policy Manager for Data. She leads techUK’s working groups on Data Protection and Open Data and supports members on key issues such as the UK’s National Data Strategy.
Prior to working for techUK, Alessandra was a Consultant for a Public Policy firm based in London where she helped international technology companies navigate the risks and opportunities of digital policy. Alessandra has experience working for the European Asylum Support Office, the Malta High Commission in London during Malta’s first rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, and the European Parliament Information Office in Valletta. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and a B.A in European Studies.
As Head of Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development. He regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and Members of the UK’s Parliaments with the aim of supporting government and industry to work together to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop technology companies.
Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s engagement in the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations, as well as leading on economic policy.
He has a background in the UK Parliament and in social research. Neil holds a masters degree in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in International Politics from City, University of London.
Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.
This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly and as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda in the UK Big Data 100. Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.
Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.