The proposals would grant consumers increasing rights to require providers to share access to their data directly with chosen third parties.
The UK government has released a consultation advocating the introduction of sweeping new requirements for service providers to share both consumer data (upon request) and data regarding their own products and services, with third parties. The proposals, released on 11 June 2019 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in its Smart Data report and consultation, are indicative of a wider drive toward requiring companies to free up access to the data they hold. The drivers behind this include a desire to increase competition, foster the growth of data-driven services, and improve consumer choice.
The proposals follow the introduction of a range of sector-specific initiatives in the UK and is part of a concerted government focus on digital strategy, as evidenced in its recent white paper on Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as the National Data Strategy introduced last year. Continue Reading