UK DPDI Bill: Comparative analysis with the EU GDPR and ePrivacy framework

By the Hogan Lovells U.K. Privacy and Cybersecurity team

Published: July 2022Click To View (PDF)

On July 18, 2022, the U.K. government introduced the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill ‘DPDI Bill’ to Parliament. Previously known as the Data Reform Bill, it is the result of a consultation from 2021 and its aim is to update and simplify the U.K.’s data protection framework. According to the U.K. government, the new legal framework created by the DPDI Bill will reduce burdens on organizations while maintaining high data protection standards.

Given that the current U.K. data protection framework essentially mirrors the EU General Data Protection Regulation and EU ePrivacy framework, this comparative analysis considers the changes proposed by the DPDI Bill by reference to the relevant EU law provisions and addresses the following practical questions:

  • Whether the U.K. approach is more or less onerous than the EU provision.
  • Whether applying the EU interpretation in the U.K. will be compliant.
  • Whether there is an advantage in relying on the U.K. approach.