WASHINGTON—In response to the United Kingdom announcing a post-Brexit global data plan, Daniel Castro, director of the Center for Data Innovation, issued the following statement:
The UK’s announcement today of its intent to build data partnerships with key global allies is the right approach to boost growth and digital innovation. The UK’s plans are a welcome departure from the EU’s approach to data protection which has undermined global data flows, limited digital trade, and undermined medical research. The United States should embrace the opportunity to collaborate with the UK and other allies to develop new pathways for data sharing and partnerships.
In addition, the UK has announced plans to reform its own data protection laws to reject the ineffective, inefficient, and inane policies—such as cookie banners—that do nothing to protect consumer privacy but impose regulatory costs for businesses. The UK’s announcement should send a clear message to all countries that there are viable alternatives to the EU’s GDPR for economies that want to protect consumers while also fostering innovation.