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Data Protection Index show privacy laws are evolving fast

The latest research findings of the UK Data Protection Index from The DPO Centre and The Data Protection World Forum reveal how privacy experts believe data privacy rules will changes over 2022.

Data Protection Index topline results

  • 62% of privacy experts in the UK believe that the UK will maintain its adequacy status with the EU

  • 74% believe the UK’s data protection laws promote UK economic growth

  • Only 50% of DPOs’ have a high level of confidence in their company’s own data protection compliance. Confidence has now declined for the third quarter running

  • Only 20% of respondents believe the UK’s proposed International Data Transfer Agreement (IDTA) framework, will significantly promote growth

  • Confidence in the effectiveness of the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) has declined with only 39% of respondents awarding a score of 8 or more out of 10, down 4 percentage points compared with Q1 2022, this is substantially below June 2021’s high of 50%

Almost two thirds (64%) Data Protection Officers (DPOs) believe that the political agreement between the EU and US announced on the 25 March 2022, proposing a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework, will make it to a legal agreement.

Rob Masson, CEO of The DPO Centre, said: “As the economic recovery from Covid stumbles due to the adverse effects of other world events, it is not surprising that within these results we see confidence in some areas has improved, but in others it has waned. For privacy in the UK however, DPOs still strongly believe that UK data protection laws promote economic growth (74%), but a lack of such positivity is apparent in other areas. We are, it seems, in a period of transition, as the UK government pushes forward with its new direction for data, but continues to be light on the detail.”

On the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in DPO roles today. 40 per cent of DPOs scored the use of AI or Machine Learning (ML) in their organisation within the next three years as ‘.

When asked about issues DPOs see as their organisations' biggest challenge when trying to comply with GDPR over the next 12 months, AI and ML and big data implementation saw a quarter-on-quarter increase, with one in ten rating this as their top issue.

Nearly a third said that if their company faced an organisation-wide malware encryption attack, the organisation would pay a ransom, regardless of their DPO’s advice,

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