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CM – In the government’s response to the consultation on the National Data Strategy, data is presented as an “asset, not a threat”.

The government responded to the consultation with a promise of delivery, with an emphasis on data as an asset rather than a threat and respondents looking for a better level.

The government responded to its consultation on the National Data Strategy by focusing on « data as an asset » rather than a « threat to manage » and promising deployment as the next step.

The Ministry for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) originally published guidelines for the strategy in July 2019 – when Theresa May was still Prime Minister. It preceded and outlasted the tenure of her successor’s chief advisor, Dominic Cummings, who is known as a data enthusiast.

The strategy was published in September 2020, but it is still in the works and pending further consultation.

The latest document released today provides feedback from the government on consultations conducted between September 9 and December 9, 2020 and in the form of written responses to questions from 282 sources, including IT suppliers ,.

The new document states that the September 2020 document “brought our ambitions for data together into a single, coherent presentation” adding: “The national data strategy published as a consultation was not the definitive answer rather as part of a conversation about how we approach and use data in the UK. “

The strategy consists of four pillars, which were described in September and rewritten today: data basis, data literacy, data availability and responsible data use. Above the pillars are “five missions” – “to unlock the value of data across the economy, secure a growth-enhancing and trustworthy data regime, transform government use of data to increase efficiency and improve public services to ensure the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data usage is based and to promote the international flow of data ”.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for DCMS, writes in the foreword to the new document:“ After we have the European Union we can use the UK independent status and repatriation powers to take advantage of the data opportunity. This includes the freedom to form your own international data partnerships with some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and I will shortly announce our priority countries for these data adequacy agreements.

« This document sets out our plans for the Use the framework set out in the National Data Strategy to implement this bold new approach in a way that builds public confidence and ensures that opportunities for better data use work for everyone, everywhere. Our new National Data Strategy Forum will ensure that the implementation of the strategy continues to be influenced by different perspectives. « 

The document states: » Many respondents [responding to government polls] … recognized the need to refocus the narrative about data usage. This means moving away from thinking about data usage and primarily as a threat to manage, and instead recognizing data as an asset that, if used responsibly, can bring economic and public benefits across the UK. “

Respondents are interpreted as being keen on the government’s“ upgrade ”agenda, saying“ Respondents have identified a way for the national data strategy to help all parts of the UK upgrade. Some respondents described how better data availability at the local level can lead to innovation, productivity gains and improvements in public services in all parts of the UK, while others said how data can be used to assess leveling-up initiatives. « 

It also highlights the Center for Data Ethics and Innovation’s report on the use of data by local authorities during the pandemic, showing that » an effective exchange of data can support improvements in public service at the local level « . </ Politically speaking, the document draws attention to the intention to “examine the role of data brokers in supporting responsible data sharing and how the government can intervene to support their adoption, based on the joint report of the Ada Lovelace Institute and the AI ​​Council on establishing legal mechanisms for data stewardship ".

It adds, » As part of this, we will support the Open Data Institute’s work on data institutions – organizations whose purpose is to process data on behalf of others to manage – to create an environment that supports existing public, private and third party data institutions tten sector supports and promotes innovation in new forms of data brokers such as data trusts and data cooperatives. « 

The consultation also sought views on a larger future role for the Center for Data Ethics and Innovation.

The government’s response suggests changes: » After two and a half years of successful operation, we are about to have a new chairman and find a new board to lead the center in its next phase. We will announce the new leadership of the center in due course and provide further details on how the CDEI will continue to support the government’s implementation of the National Data Strategy priorities. « 

The document also states: » Respondents recommended sharpening the regime’s focus on outcomes and risk, rather than tedious paperwork that can divert resources from activities that ensure the security of personal information. They underlined the need for a flexible regime to keep pace with technological change and the importance of clearer, more specific guidelines or rules to reduce uncertainty and vagueness. « 

Regarding the international flow of data, the document states: » The US and the EU have been identified as priority countries with which to establish adequacy agreements. Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Australia were also cited frequently, while several respondents urged the UK to look into possible agreements with emerging economies in Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Indian subcontinent. « 

The document stated in the government response: » After we leave the European Union, we will have the opportunity to use the new UK adequacy assessment capability to establish our own data partnerships with some of the enter into the world’s fastest growing economies. We look forward to announcing our priority countries for a data adequacy agreement shortly. « 

Regarding government data and the crux of the problem, for which the national data strategy is in part a proposed solution, Sue Bateman, assistant director of innovation in the Cabinet Office, told a Think Data for Government conference last week: » The Government collects and maintains a lot of data, but it is still not well used or shared. We lacked consistency in data standards – they are typically carried out in sectors and in silos.

“And while we have invested in infrastructure, systems have not always been interoperable. There are also legal obstacles, legislative or interpretative, and cultural obstacles to sharing, a nervousness. And we have historical challenges in terms of managing and understanding data. « 

Bateman also pointed out five areas where the government wants to make progress on its own data: quality, availability and access; standards and security; ability, leadership and culture; accountability and leadership; and ethics and public trust .

The new National Data Strategy document concludes: « In the future, our focus will shift to implementation and fulfill the five main strategic missions as priority areas for action. »

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