UK Digital Strategy released… and GDPR gets a mention!

Author Gary Hibberd

Today the UK Digital Strategy has been released, which sets out how the Government will “build on its success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.” Sounds great right!

The Strategy covers;

  1. Connectivity – building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK
  2. Digital skills and inclusion – giving everyone access to the digital skills they need
  3. The digital sectors – making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business
  4. The wider economy – helping every British business become a digital business
  5. A safe and secure cyberspace – making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online
  6. Digital government – maintaining the UK government as a world leader in serving its citizens online
  7. Data – unlocking the power of data in the UK economy and improving public confidence in its us

Of course all of this is extremely interesting… but the one section which I going to quote is Section 7. My interest here was to see if the new GDPR would get a mention, and I was not disappointed!

Here it is… the following paragraph was not only in the UK Digital Strategy, it’s in bold! (if it was in CAPS then it would be really really serious!).

The UK will therefore implement the General Data Protection Regulation by May 2018. This will ensure a shared and higher standard of protection for consumers and their data across Europe and beyond.

So, unless you read the UK Digital Strategy, remember you saw it here first! And I’m going to predict that this is one paragraph you’ll be seeing a LOT of in many presentations in the coming months. In fact, take a copy now… print it out and place it on your Board room table.

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