The UK could finally be able to stop endless “box-ticking” Warnings about websites

Most people are familiar with the cookie warnings you get whenever you go to a new web page. This message is designed to disclose all trackers and cookies on the site in plain English. It usually says something like “This website uses cookie to ensure that you have the best experience.” with a link “learn more.” That’s all.

You can’t delete the cookies or modify the tracking information. This well-meaning initiative can end up being a huge pain in the neck. You won’t often be able interact with the site until you have dismissed the warning message.

This could change for those who live in Britain.

Britain has now been freed from EU regulation and can make its own data laws. Oliver Dowden (Digital Secretary) said that Britain now wants to make these messages more prominent.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Dowden said the current plan will only require these warning banners on “high risk” websites. Dowden clarified that there is a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy, box-ticking, and we need to focus our attention on privacy protection but with as little as possible.

A newly appointed head of UK’s data regulator will oversee the UK’s forthcoming reforms to data legislation. Downing Street selected John Edwards (New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner) as the preferred candidate.

Dowden stated in a press release that he is “determined” and will “deliver the Brexit dividend” to UK businesses and individuals.

For British companies and customers, this means the creation of exciting international data partnerships with the fastest-growing countries in the world. It means reforming our own data laws so that they’re based on common sense, not box-ticking,” the document reads.

Despite the fact that it sounds appealing to get rid of annoying cookies warnings on the internet, changes in the UK must be approved by EU. Without approval, data transfers from the UK to member countries could become chaotic. It’s impossible to imagine a solution given the fact that multi-national corporations like Apple, Google and Facebook transfer data across countries nearly daily.

Brussels has recently declared that the UK’s post-Brexit data privacy laws are “adequate.” It warned that any changes by the UK Government that could weaken those protections would result in that EU withdrawing that recognition “immediately”.

Publiated at Wed, 01 Sep 2021 8:47:56 +0000

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