Celebrating Data Protection Day on January 28
9 January 2024
Birketts is celebrating Data Protection Day on January 28, marking the day the first legally binding international treaty for the protection of privacy was opened for signature by the Council of Europe in 1981. Data Protection Day is recognised in many countries around the world (in the US it is called Data Privacy Day).
To commemorate the day, Birketts’ Data Protection Team will be sharing bite sized data protection articles and short, recorded Q&A videos over the next few weeks.
The articles focus on some of the areas that the Data Protection Team receive frequent enquiries and regularly advise upon, such as:
- Data protection for HR professionals
- Navigating data protection accountability: how to meet statutory requirements
- Responding to a subject access request
- Managing data breaches
- International data transfers
Recent years have seen vast changes to the Data Protection landscape, particularly since 2018 with the introduction of the new Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation. In the past year the UK became an Associate in the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum and approved the UK–US Data Bridge extension to the EU-USA Data Privacy Framework. Both advancements aim to facilitate international data transfers and data flows.
Further changes are also expected in 2024 by the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDIB) which is currently making its way through Parliament. The DPBIB’s main aims are to:
- amend and clarify some of the terminology in the current legislation;
- revise the access to certain business data and electronic communications data;
- improve access to data to aid public service delivery, including measures to seek to reduce benefit fraud; and
- ensure adequate oversight of biometric data, whilst enabling the police to indefinitely retain this data for those with foreign convictions, and for counterterrorism to access it where an Interpol notice is in force.
For further details of the services we provide please see our Data Protection Services for Business page.