Privacy – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

Recent legislative and policy changes have introduced certain new safeguards on data protection, surveillance and data retention. However, questions remain about the adequacy of the legal framework and the privacy implications of forthcoming legislation. New digital technologies (such as automated facial recognition technology), data use and data sharing pose particular challenges to privacy rights, and the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had new privacy implications.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on privacy.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021