Royal Society response to the DCMS inquiry on Data: A New Direction

13 January 2022

The Royal Society welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s consultation ‘Data: A New Direction’.

Our response warns that the current General Data Protection Regime leaves substantial room for interpretation of its articles, which creates considerable uncertainty around a number of issues. This results in many actors erring on the side of caution, which in some cases can be legitimate, but can also restrict data sharing and present barriers to innovation.