What will this new regime look like? Well, one of the first steps may be restructuring the ICO. The government has proposed to restructure ICO to mirror other UK regulators like the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and even OfCom.
This restructuring would include hiring a new CEO, replacing Elizabeth Denham with John Edwards and appointing an independent board.
Digital secretary Oliver Dowden, who has long spoken about reforming the role of the information commissioner to fit this vision, put out in a statement that:
“Now that we have left the EU, we have the freedom to create a new world-leading data regime that unleashes the power of data across the economy and society."
He argues that the reforms likely to result from this GDPR business consultation will "keep people’s data safe and secure while ushering in a new golden age of growth and innovation right across the UK, as we build back better from the pandemic.”